Javier Hernandez scored Mexico’s only goal of the game when he stole in at the back post to bravely head home on the hour-mark and sink Costa Rica. El Tricolor are clear leaders in Group B in the CONCACAF (North, Central American and Caribbean) region, having won all four of their qualifiers to date.
Meanwhile, in Montevideo, Antonio Valencia’s Ecuador drew 1-1 with Uruguay to move Ecuador to within a point of group leaders Argentina in the CONMEBOL (South America) branch of the draw. But the night ended on a sour note for the Reds winger, who picked up two late bookings – the second a harsh decision in the 90th minute – to earn his marching orders. He will now miss Ecuador's next qualifier, against Chile, in October.