After the end of the winning streak, jurgen klinsmann pointed his gaze demonstratively forward. Despite the 3-1 defeat of his americans in the world cup qualifier in costa rica, failure on the way to brazil is not an issue for the former national coach.
"We still need four points to qualify for sure – and we will get those points," klinsmann announced. No trace of panic, no doubts before the remaining three games. Klinsmann’s clear words were a clear signal to the competition. The gringos failed to win another world championship qualifying match against the ticos and suffered their first defeat in a row after twelve victories. But the chest of the clinsmanner is nevertheless still wide.
And so the motto was: fly home, do your homework – and hopefully book your world championship ticket on tuesday. In the home game in columbus/ohio, the americans were able to take the decisive step against their stumbling arch-rivals mexico, who fired head coach jose manuel de la torre after the surprising 2-1 defeat against honduras, on the eighth matchday of the CONCACAF final round. They are second in the table with 13 points behind costa rica (14). Third-placed honduras (10 points) hosts fifth-placed panama (7). If the guests do not win, the U.S. Was in a simultaneous home victory in brazil.
"It’s going to be a very, very intense match," said klinsmann and added: "mexico is facing the wall with its back to the wall. But we go into every game with the goal of winning it at all costs."He had just taken his place on the bench in san jose when the stadium already resembled a madhouse. Johnny acosta headed in the first corner kick to give costa rica a 1-0 lead in the third minute. Celso borges nodded in a long cross in the tenth minute to make it 2:0. After clint dempsey’s follow-up goal (penalty kick) just before the break, the americans dominated the action in the second period. But dempsey failed with a shot at the post (57).). You got the feeling that the equalizer was only a matter of time, says klinsmann.
But the fourth and final goal came from the hosts, who scored in the 75th minute. In the second minute, a liberating strike by the speedy joel campbell made it 3:1. In keeping with the americans’ performance, goalkeeper jozy altidore was shown the yellow card in the final minute after a roughhouse and is therefore suspended against mexico. Whether michael bradley can play is questionable. The immensely important midfielder suffered a bone injury during the warm-up and followed the match on crutches.