Mexico vs Costa Rica live score, updates, highlights from the CONCACAF Nations League semi-final
Mexico are one semifinal away from setting up another title match between them and the United States. El Tri faces Costa Rica for the right to face the Americans in the first CONCACAF Nations League final in Denver.
The Mexican national team will seek to maintain their historic dominance over a Costa Rican team that is experiencing a string of difficult results and a personnel crisis (nine players absent due to injury or COVID-19). But the Ticos will be confident in their ability to keep things tight following their 1-0 loss to Mexico in March.
Tata Martino has Mexico on a roll, winning 21 of his 25 matches at the helm. The reigning CONCACAF Gold Cup champions, missing their best striker Raul Jimenez, are keen to show they are still the best team in the region by adding a first Nations League title to their box set of trophies.
Mexico vs Costa Rica live score
Mexico vs Costa Rica live updates, highlights
78th minute: Reminder: No extra time if this match remains tied at the end of the rules. We go directly to the penalty shootout. In the meantime, Orbelin Pineda replaces Hector Herrera.
76th minute: This match enters a phase similar to the semi-final USA-Honduras – two tiring teams which do not have clear ideas in attack. Similar to USA-Honduras, it’s going to take a moment of magic.
69th minute: Mexico make another substitution with Jesus Gallardo replacing Gerardo Arteaga on the left side.
62nd minute: Costa Rica responds with two submarines. Allan Cruz and Ariel Lassiter replace captains Bryan Ruiz and Alonso Martinez.
58th minute: Tata Martino feels that his team needs an injection of energy and he brings three substitutions: Luis Rodriguez, Luis Romo and Alan Pulido enter the match for Diego Lainez, Andres Guardado and Henry Martin.
57th minute: It’s Hector Herrera’s turn to attempt a long-range shot. But Moreira is in her game tonight and made the stop.
55th min: At the other end of the field, Alonso Martinez eliminates Chucky Lozano and receives a yellow card. This is Lozano’s last foul in the game.
53rd minute: Costa Rica kicks the ball like they are the favorites. About 15 consecutive passes and Alonso Martinez’s shot comes out for a corner.
46th minute: The second half is underway. No subs for both sides.
Halftime: Mexico 0, Costa Rica 0
Half time: Costa Rica turned out to be a match for Mexico. After a lively start to the match by Mexico, Costa Rica settled down and found space in the Mexican half. This helped Costa Rica get away with several fouls on Chucky Lozano and Diego Lainez, who have the best attacking ideas for Mexico. El Tri is going to have to sweat if he is to face the United States in the final.
44th minute: Lozano with another long shot that doesn’t bother the Ticos. The low percentage of attempts won’t bother goalkeeper Moreira, who is in great shape today.
39th minute: Another fantastic stop in Moreira from Costa Rica. He leaps to stop a first shot from Hector Herrera after a well-worked rise of the Mexicans.
38th minute: Chucky Lozano explodes from a distance. The pro-Mexico crowd goes mad every time the ball lands at Lozano and Lainez’s feet.
36th minute: Costa Rica has become essential. They have now enjoyed a period of possession and they are reaching Mexico’s penalty area. Good performance so far from Ticos.
28th minute: Costa Rica had another chance at the break and it was Alonso Martinez whose attempt failed. They find spaces in the backline of Mexico.
25 min. : Dangerous luck for Costa Rica and Mexico goalkeeper Memo Ochoa, who must stop on a Fuller’s shot that pushed into the attack.
21st minute. : Yellow card to Francisco Calvo for a foul on Chucky Lozano outside the area. Part stopped for Mexico. Guardado aims straight for the goal but misses the target.
21st minute. : Great job from center forward Henry Martin in the box and he serves it for Diego Lainez on a plateau, but the youngster pulls him wide.
20th min. : On a set piece, the ball reaches Araujo in the box but he detonates the ball.
18th min: Costa Rica seemed to have calmed down a bit after an energetic departure from Mexico.
8th minute: A flurry of opportunities for Mexico. Chucky Lozano with a fantastic acrobatic effort and Ticos GK Moreira arrives with the big save.
4th minute: Diego Lainez is already proving difficult for the Ticos. They must crush him on the left.
1st minute: Were out. Mexico play with three defenders. Tata Martino wants numbers in the attack.
10:02 p.m. ET: Mexico and Costa Rica warming up. A few minutes from the start.
Mexico’s starting teams against Costa Rica
The starting eleven are out. Mexico are launching their most offensive lineup against a Costa Rican side that will build on veterans Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell. Also look for Ticos winger Randall Leal, who could be a surprise factor in the game:
Starting line-up (3-4-3, from left to right): 13 Guillermo Ochoa – 15 Hector Moreno, 4 Edson Alvarez, 2 Nestor Araujo – 19 Gerardo Arteaga, 18 Andres Guardado, 16 Hector Herrera, 20 Uriel Antuna – 14 Diego Lainez, 22 Hirving Lozano, 9 Henry Martin
Available subscriptions: Alfredo Talavera, Rodolfo Cota, Luis Romo, Luis Rodriguez, Carlos Salcedo, Jorge Sanchez, Sebastian Cordova, Jesus Gallardo, Orbelin Pineda, Carlos Rodriguez, Jesus Corona, Alan Pulido
Starting line-up (4-2-3-1, from left to right): 23 Leonel Moreira – 8 Bryan Oviedo, 15 Francisco Calvo, 6 Oscar Duarte, 4 Keysher Fuller – 17 Yeltsin Tejeda, 5 Celso Borges – 11 Randall Leal, 10 Bryan Ruiz (captain), 21 Alonso Martinez – 12 Joel Campbell
Available subscriptions: 1 Esteban Alvarado, 18 Patrick Sequeira, 3 Aaron Salazar, 19 Giancarlo Gonzalez, 22 Joseph Mora, 13 Allan Cruz, 14 Bernald Alfaro, 20 Gerson Torres, 2 Ariel Lassiter, 7 Johan Venegas, 9 Jurguens Montenegro
How to watch Mexico vs Costa Rica in the United States
- Dated: Thursday June 3
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT
- TV channels: Univision, TUDN Sports
- Direct: Paramount +, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
The match will be available in Spanish on Univision and TUDN TV and will be broadcast live in English on Paramount + and fuboTV (7 day free trial).