Posted on September 11, 2012
MEXICO CITY — How appropriate. The man of the hour for Mexico on Tuesday night scored just about on the hour.
Chicharito, aka Javier Hernandez, connected in the 61st minute to boost El Tri into next year’s hexagonal with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifying win at Azteca Stadium.
The win was the Mexicans’ fourth in as many Group B matches, while the Ticos (four points) fell to 1-2-1.
El Tri also has won 23 successive World Cup qualifiers. Their last home loss was a defeat to Costa Rica in 2001.
Hernandez gave the hosts all the scoring they needed as he headed in Jorge Torres Nilo’s left-wing cross at the far post.
The Mexicans need not play its first team in the final two semifinal encounters. They will visit Guyana on Oct. 12 and host El Salvador four days later.
The Ticos travel to El Salvador for the first date and host Guyana at National Stadium in San Jose on Oct. 16.
Photo: Javier Hernandez struck when he needed to for unbeaten Mexico (4-0-0). Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Central America, Mexico, North America, World Cup Qualifying
Tags: Azteca Stadium, Chicharito, El Tri, Javier Hernandez, National Stadium