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What to know as Mexico look to bounce back against Costa Rica

El Tri suffered their second loss under coach Gerardo Martino on Saturday against Wales at the Cardiff City stadium. Now they want to bounce back against the Concacaf side.

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What to know as Mexico look to bounce back against Costa Rica

The Mexico national team played their first friendly of the year against Wales on Saturday at the Cardiff City stadium. Unfortunately for El Tri they lost and suffered their second defeat under coach Gerardo Martino since he was appointed in 2019.

Now they have to turn the page quickly, because on Tuesday they play against Costa Rica in the second and final game of this FIFA international break. Both teams arrived in Vienna over the weekend with Costa Rica having drawn 0-0 last week with Bosnia.

Injury report for El Tri

Prior to facing Wales, Gerardo Martino confirmed that Henry Martín and Alan Pulido had suffered minor injuries and were not available to face the UEFA side. So the Mexico coach had to play with Hirving Lozano as a false 9 and El Tri was unable to score against Wales.

Unfortunetly for Martino both strikers have not reached full-fitness and will not play tomorrow against Costa Rica. More bad news for 'El Tri' because defender Néstor Araujo will miss tomorrow's clash against the Concacaf side due to injury and he has returned to Spain to join his club Celta Vigo.

In ten friendlies between the two nations, Mexico has won eight, lost once and drawn once. El Tri has never lost back-to-back games under coach Gerardo Martino and Costa Rica has not won a game since November 2019.