Mexico-Costa Rica Match Set for Telemundo's RUMBO AL MUNDIA Tomorrow
Raul Jimenez's game-winning bicycle kick goal against Panama made all of Mexico jump for joy, but that was just the prologue before the final chapter of the World Cup Qualifying story, which ends in Costa Rica this Tuesday, October 15 and can be seen live on Telemundo starting at 8PM/7C/5P. Telemundo will have complete coverage of this pivotal clash between two CONCACAF powerhouses as Andres Cantor will call the action from Costa Rica's National Stadium alongside Sammy Sadovnik, who will provide his analysis and commentary throughout the match. The entire four hour event, before and after the match, will be streamed live on DeportesTelemundo.com's desktop and mobile sites, as well as on the Deportes Telemundo App, including the new Control Room and Studio vantage cams, streamed during the commercial breaks.
Andres and Sammy will be with Jessi Losada, Karim Mendiburu, Leti Coo, Kaziro Aoyama and Oscar Guzman during the pregame show. Telemundo's soccer analyst, Manuel Sol, will also join the team to provide his perspective as a former player for the Mexican National Team. Kaziro and Oscar will be embedded with both national squads in Mexico and Costa Rica, reporting on the latest news from both squads as they prepare for kickoff. Karim will host the social conversation with viewers with up-to-the-minute updates on social media. Telemundo will also welcome a special guest in Manuel Negrete, another former Mexican National Team member that played a key role during the 1986 World Cup, which marked the last time Mexico reached the quarterfinals in that competition. Telemundo will also report on the other CONCACAF WCQ games that night with news and goals from Kingston and Panama City, respectively.
Mexico's mission is simple: Win to survive. "El Tri" currently sits in fourth place with 11 points, three more than fifth place Panama and three fewer than third place Honduras. A win in Costa Rica would allow them to obtain the last automatic spot in the World Cup if Honduras falls against Jamaica and it has a worse goal differential. Meanwhile, a draw would send them straight to a home-and-home playoff against New Zealand. A loss, on the other hand, could prove to be its demise and eliminate it from the World Cup if Panama defeats the U.S. and has a better goal differential in the process.
Costa Rica already has its bags packed for Brazil but will try to give its fans one last reason to cheer by defeating a rival that has come out of Costa Rican territory unscathed for the last 20 plus years. The last time these two squads faced each other was in March of this year, a 0-0 tie at Mexico's Estadio Azteca, while the last qualifier in Costa Rica happened in 2009 with Mexico prevailing 3-0 thanks to goals by Gio Dos Santos, Guillermo Franco and Andres Guardado,
Team coverage continues after the final whistle with highlights, reactions and analysis of the result on "MAS Rumbo al Mundial", airing in select Telemundo markets and nationwide on Telemundo's sister cable network, mun2.
A new chapter of a story that could define the legacy of the Mexican National Team will be written on Telemundo this Tuesday at 8PM/7C/5P.
Deportes Telemundo, Telemundo Media's sports division, is one of the leading providers of Spanish-language sports content in the United States. The "U.S. Home of the Olympics in Spanish," Deportes Telemundo also offers World Cup Qualifying matches played by the Mexican National Team; all Liga MX matches played at home by Club León; the leading boxing show in U.S. Spanish-language television, "Boxeo Telemundo," and the U.S. broadcast and online rights in Spanish language to the biggest soccer tournament in the world, the FIFA World Cup, across all platforms (except radio), 2015 through 2022.
In addition to its biggest sporting events, Deportes Telemundo produces two leading sports entertainment shows, "Titulares y Más" and "Titulares Telemundo," offering the latest sports news and analysis combined with entertainment and lifestyle segments. Deportes Telemundo's award-winning broadcast team is led by internationally acclaimed sportscaster Andrés Cantor and also includes Jessi Losada, Sammy Sadovnik, Leti Coo, Edgar López, Karim Mendiburu, Mirella Grisales, Rene Giraldo and Kaziro Aoyama.