Guillermo Ochoa rescued Keysher Fuller with a sudden death penalty when Mexico beat Costa Rica 5-4 on Saturday to beat NRG 1-1 at Houston after an extra-time 70,788 fans.
Raul Jimenez put Mexico ahead in the 44th minute and Bryan Ruiz equalized after a controversial penalty against Joel Campbell in the 52nd minute. Costa Rican goalkeeper Leonel Moreira saved Jimenez's first penalty spot on penalties, but Randall Leal missed the ball with a goal-grabbing goal Los Ticos .
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Costa Rican coach Gustavo Matosas had agreed to play "beat by beat" for Mexico, and although his squad was not forced to their knees, they caused far more problems in Mexico than in any other game of 201
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The Wolves striker received the ball from a low cross. Rodolfo Pizarro turned and fired into the lower corner after one game period Open and push the players into the attack.
Costa Rica struck back when Joel Campbell was overthrown in the 50th district of Luis Rodriguez, although TV reruns indicated the offense might have been outside the penalty area.  Ruiz converted to a penalty to equalize.
Mexico Costa Rica was back in the remainder of the game and controlled the possession of the ball. Los Ticos was pushed back and put on more direct balls on the other side.
Substitute Carlos Rodriguez would have most likely won the game in the 90th minute when he hit the bar from close range in the 87th minute after Jonathan dos Santos had pulled back from the sidelines.
Rodriguez had two chances in extra time, though Mexico had to return After a shot from Ochoa's Jonathan McDonald in the 108th minute to keep Los Ticos off the pitch.
Mexican coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino is suspended from the bench for the semi-final against Haiti because he has to get his second yellow card of the tournament.