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Mexico and Costa Rica both romp
August 15th, 2013 12:44AM

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[HEXAGONAL COUNTDOWN] Ivory Coast proved to be just what the doctor ordered, as the Elephants gifted Mexico two first-half goals and El Tri went on win, 4-1, for a confidence-boosting victory with key World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Honduras and the USA on tap for September. Costa Rica, which hosts the USA in a battle of Hexagonal leaders on Sept. 6, shrugged off a slow start to win, 4-0, at the Dominican Republic thanks to four second-half goals.

Olympic gold-medal hero Oribe Peralta has struggled to break into the senior national team, but the 28-year-old Santos forward scored two first-half goals to propel El Tri to a 3-0 lead at the break.

Mexico's first three friendlies this year in the United States all ended in ties, but there was no chance of that happening on Wednesday night as Ivory Coast put on an uninspired display before a pro-Mexico crowd of 35,671 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Elephant defender Arthur Boka gifted Mexico an own goal in the 10th minute and a bad back pass from Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso allowed Peralta to score his first goal in the 28th minute. Giovani Dos Santos set up Peralta for the third goal just before the end of the first half.

Angel Reyna was rewarded for a solid outing with the fourth Mexico goal late in the game after Didier Drogba, who had come on to start the second half, pulled one back for Ivory Coast from the penalty spot.

The game marked El Tri debut of Argentine Christian Gimenez, who was recently naturalized.

-- Celso Borges scored two goals, and late goals from Pablo Herrera and Mauricio Castillo gave Costa Rica a comfortable win over the Dominican Republic. Borges was one of nine Ticos called in from Europe, but no MLS players were called up.


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