Long-time rivals Mexico and Costa Rica clash with semifinal spot at stake
Action between Andrés Guardado of México and Cubero of Costa Rica in the Gold Cup quarterfinals on July 19, 2015 at MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ)

HOUSTON, Texas – Long-time rivals Mexico and Costa Rica are set to clash in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinals on Saturday night at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The contest marks the eighth meeting between the two teams in a Gold Cup, with Mexico leading the series with five wins and two draws.

Buoyed by FWs Raul Jimenez (3 goals) and Uriel Antuna (4), plus MF Andres Guardado (2), Mexico rolls into the knockout stage having posted its first perfect group stage record in a Gold Cup since 2011 with wins over Cuba, Canada and Martinique in Group A, in which El Tricolor scored 13 goals and conceded just three.

Costa Rica is no stranger to Mexico in the Gold Cup quarterfinals, as the two faced off four years ago in the 2015 edition, with Mexico winning 1-0 in the final minute of extra time courtesy of a Guardado penalty conversion.

Costa Rica will look for a different ending after a second-place finish in Group B with a 2W-0D-1L record.

Six different players have scored for the Ticos, with Elias Aguilar leading the way with two goals.

With so much history between the two sides, another Concacaf classic will surely be on the docket.

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