Mexico and Costa Rica are scheduled to meet in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, on Tuesday in a friendly that will serve as warm-up to their CONCACAF Nations League semi-final clash in June. El Tri ended a run of 10 games unbeaten when they succumbed 1-0 to Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, record their first defeat in 18 months. Costa Rica were also in friendly action and ran out a 0-0 stalemate opposite Bosnia & Herzegovina, their seventh consecutive game without a victory.
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Mexico’s senior squad will target a return to winning ways after a rare defeat in Cardiff, with TUDN airing their clash against familiar opponents Costa Rica from 4 p.m. ET. You can live stream international matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Costa Rica vs. Mexico
When: Tuesday, March 30
Where: Stadion Wiener Neustadt, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Los Ticos have failed to beat their continental superiors in the last six encounters, though Mexico required penalties the last time these teams met in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. Gerardo Martino suffered only his second defeat as Mexico manager in the Welsh capital this weekend, when Cardiff City striker Kieffer Moore came up with the only goal:
The former Barcelona and Argentina boss correctly asserted after the game that Wales’ goal should not have stood due to an offside player that went unpunished in the buildup. Mexico failed to finish any among their multitude of chances that followed, however. The Athletic’s Felipe Cárdenas highlighted some issues the visiting team highlighted in their own performance:
Established senior internationals such as Sebastian Cordova, Jose Juan Macias and Roberto Alvarado remain unavailable for El Tri as they’re with the under-23s in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. Hosts Mexico secured their place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after beating Canada 2-0 in the semifinals and will face Honduras in the tournament’s conclusion on Tuesday.
Costa Rica, meanwhile, will welcome Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas back into their ranks in time for the trip to Wiener Neustadt. Navas was omitted from Saturday’s squad due to travel restrictions between France and Bosnia—which isn’t part of the European Union—but the veteran stopper will be allowed to resume international commitments in Austria.
El Tri were dominant 3-0 winners when the under-23 counterparts of these teams recently met in Olympic qualifying. Costa Rica’s senior side hasn’t conceded three goals in a single game since October 2018 (a run of 16 games). The same month Mexico clinched a 3-2 friendly win over their federation rivals.
Even two goals could be enough for Martino’s men to clinch victory considering Los Ticos haven’t scored more than once in their last seven outings. Costa Rica trail Mexico’s 24 wins in this fixture with only five of their own to date (13 draws), but an upset in Austria would put El Tri on alert before the Nations League resumes this summer.