Jose Manuel de la Torre
The pressure on Jose Manuel de la Torre continues to mount. Reuters

When and where: The 2014 World Cup qualifier kicks-off from the Estadio Azteca at 9 p.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by Univision, with a live stream available on

Preview: Mexico can book their place in the final CONCACAF qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup with a second victory over Costa Rica in four days on Tuesday. A 2-0 victory in San Jose on Friday meant Mexico have won all three of their group games and also negotiated what on paper was their toughest match in the group.

While reaching the hexagonal round is traditionally taken as a given for El Tri, coach Jose Manuel de la Torre deserves much credit for what looks like being comfortable progression. Indeed the former Guadalajara manager stands on the verge of winning his first 10 games in charge of Mexico, in a run dating back to last summer's Gold Cup.

Of course, De La Torre's job has been aided by what could well prove to be a golden crop of Mexican talent. The country is currently riding high soccer wise after Olympic success followed up triumphs in the Under-17 World Cup and this summer's Toulon youth tournament.

As traditional foes the United States toil in their own qualifying group there is no doubt that Mexico is currently the class of the CONCACAF region.

De la Torre will be keen to stress that his players take nothing for granted, though, against a Costa Rica side needing points to avoid the possibility of slipping out of the group's two automatic qualifying places for the hexagonal round.

If Los Ticos need any inspiration for the task of heading into the intimidating Estadio Azteca, they need look no further than their country's famous result 11 years ago when they inflicted Mexico's only World Cup Qualifying defeat in the famed cauldron in a match known as the Aztecazo.

A repeat result on Tuesday would leave Jorge Luis Pinto's side in a strong position to take their place in the final round of qualifying for Brazil 2014. However, Pinto will be without key creative presence Bryan Ruiz and defender Michael Umana through injury.

Mexico (probable)

G: Corona

D: Torres Nilo, Moreno, Rodriguez, Meza

M: Aquino, Zavala, Salcido, Guardado

F: Hernandez, Peralta

Costa Rica (probable)

G: Navas

D: Acosta, Gonzalez, Salvatierra, Oviedo

M: Barrantes, Rojas, Cubero, Bolanos

F: Saborio, Campbell

Prediction: While everything seems to be going smoothly for Mexico currently, De la Torre will be eager to see his attack firing on home soil. El Tri relied on two goals from set pieces in San Jose and there is still much discussion about the form of star striker Javier Hernandez. The 24-year-old is struggling for minutes at Manchester United and also missed a slew of chances in Mexico's recent defeat at the Azteca to the U.S.

With Oribe Peralta likely to continue in a complimentary role alongside him, though, Hernandez should soon begin to show his predatory instincts once more. The supply line of Andres Guardado could again prove key, with Mexico looking good to make it four wins from four qualifying games.

Mexico 3-1 Costa Rica