Someone forgot to tell Costa Rica their game was in Chicago, then gave some random bums Costa Rica shirts. Surely there's no other reasonable explanation for what's happening tonight, as Mexico have absolutely dismantled and embarrassed the Ticos in the first 45 minutes. Things are getting so bad that Costa Rica might actually be in danger of missing the quarterfinals, as they're currently down by a score of 4-0 at halftime.
The opening minutes of the game were exciting on both ends, but when Rafael Marquez headed in a corner kick in the 17th minute to net the first goal for El Tri, it seemed like all of the air was let out of the Ticos' sails. Andres Guardado scored arguably the goal of the tournament with a laser of a shot in the 19th minute, then completed his brace and gave Mexico a 3-0 lead with another great goal in the 26th, Pablo Barrera added to the massacre in the 38th minute, scoring from inside the penalty area as the Ticos defense collapsed.
Giovani dos Santos and 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez have been the most dangerous Mexican players in the early part of the tournament, but they haven't even been needed tonight. Mexico are destroying Costa Rica without them, and it's gotten bad enough that 'Chepo' Jose Manuel de la Torre might opt to give them a rest.
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