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World Cup qualifiers
Tuesday 11 September 2012

MEXICO 1 (Hernandez 61)
COSTA RICA 0

URUGUAY 1 (Cavani 66)
ECUADOR 1 (Caicedo 8 (pen))
12/09/2012 08:30, Report by Nick Coppack

Chicha nets, Valencia off

Javier Hernandez and Antonio Valencia experienced mixed fortunes on Tuesday night, as Mexico and Ecuador were both involved in World Cup 2014 qualifiers.

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.

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