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Substitutions save Mexico in back-and-forth win over Costa Rica

MONTERREY, Mexico -- The Mexican national team had to rally twice on Thursday night to ultimately beat CONCACAF rivals Costa Rica in a entertaining friendly at Estadio Universitario. Here are three thoughts from Mexico's win over Costa Rica. 

1. Super-subs rescue win for Mexico

This was a flawed, but ultimately satisfactory night for Mexico. The 3-2 victory over Costa Rica ended a streak of four consecutive losses and after being down 2-1 at half-time, El Tri should be happy with what was...

Raul Jimenez penalty gives Mexico win over Costa Rica

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Raul Jimenez converted a penalty in the 71st minute to give Mexico a 3-2 win over Costa Rica in a back-and-forth friendly match on Thursday night. 

Playing at Estadio Universitario in Monterrey, Mexico got off a nervy start when Mexico goalkeeper Gibran Layud almost committed an own goal in the 10th minute. 

Angel Zaldivar almost got El Tri on the scoreboard first with a close-range low header, only to be thwarted by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas on a spectacular diving save.

But it...

Costa Rica's recent rise has created a new regional rival for Mexico

MEXICO CITY -- The Estadio Azteca earned its reputation as a fortress for Mexico's national team by way of sheer physical imposition. The cavernous building is surrounded by stands that appear to rise straight up into the sky, filled to the brim with fans on game day.

Coupled with Mexico City's high altitude and notorious smog, the Azteca literally takes the opposition's breath away. These conditions combined to provide El Tri with a near-guaranteed win against opposition for the whole of the 20th...

Costa Rica hires ex-America, Leon boss Gustavo Matosas

Costa Rica has hired former Club America and Leon coach Gustavo Matosas as the squad's new manager, the country's federation announced on Tuesday.

The ex-Uruguay international takes over for Oscar Ramirez, whose contract was not renewed following Costa Rica's exit from the World Cup in Russia.

Matosas, 51, won two Liga MX titles with Leon and guided America to a 2014-2015 CONCACAF Champions League title. He has also coached clubs in Uruguay, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Paraguay, and Argentina. 

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Real Madrid's Keylor Navas left out of Costa Rica squad as he focuses on Thibaut Courtois battle

Keylor Navas has been left out of the Costa Rica squad for the friendlies against South Korea and Japan as he focuses on his battle to be No. 1 goalkeeper at Real Madrid.

Navas, 31, faces competition from summer signing Thibaut Courtois at the Bernabeu but coach Julen Lopetegui picked him for both Madrid's wins in La Liga this season and saw him keep two clean sheets.

Lopetegui indicated recently that he could opt to rotate his two keepers for Champions League and domestic matches.

"We have spoken...