It was a tale of two halves at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Saturday night, as Mexico and Costa Rica played to a 2-2 result in an international friendly. Costa Rica scored two goals in the first 36 minutes, only to conceded two goals in the second half within two minutes.
In the fourth minute, forward David Ramirez got Costa Rica on the scoreboard with a right-footed blast from the right side that went directly at goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. Costa Rica's second goal came on a botched cross between Ochoa and midfielder Miguel Layun in the 36th minute, with Layun charged with an own goal.
El Tri made their comeback in the 53rd minute, with Giovani dos Santos' right-footed shot from a tough angle on the right side to stun Los Ticos. But the big finish came two minutes later from Real Madrid forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who climbed the ladder to deliver a gorgeous header off a well-placed cross from Carlos Esquivel.
Mexico took 13 shots with eight on goal, while Costa Rica had eight shots with three on target. Mexico won the possession battle at 55 percent, but was called for offsides on eight occasions.
For Miguel Herrera's squad, it was a positive result considering the forgettable effort in Chile at Copa America. Herrera basically sent a "B squad" to take on the top teams in South America. It marked the first friendly since June 19, when Brazil defeated El Tri in Sao Paulo, 2-0, and the first win since defeating Guatemala on May 30, 3-0.
The match is considered a tune up for the upcoming Gold Cup, which begins on July 7. Mexico face Honduras on July in Houston. Costa Rica's next match will be in the Gold Cup, when they face Jamaica at StubHub Center on July 8.