México in survival mode

The Mexican national team defeated Costa Rica 2-0 in the second game of its World Cup 2010 qualifying round, thanks to goals by Omar Bravo and Pável Pardo (who converted on a penalty kick).

Despite not exhibiting a high-caliber game, México pocketed a well-deserved win against an opponent that was more interested in speculating the outcome than in mounting a winning attack.

The win allowed the Mexicans to liberate themselves of some pressure after having fallen in its first qualifying match to the United States. The last week has been full of major tension, especially when México's European-based players arrived at training camp.

Fortunately, Saturday's win at Azteca stadium was the best antidote not only for the team but for its coach, Sven Goran Eriksson who was already being shoved out the door in anticipation of a loss.

The pressure will continue: México faces Honduras in an away match Wednesday (April 1). Honduras faces a must-win match at home, especially after allowing host Trinidad & Tobago to escape with a tie last weekend at Port of Spain.

México will regain the use of Carlos Salcido and Carlos Vela who had been suspended for the Costa Rica match.