Hernandez, Araujo score in 1st half, Mexico beat Costa Rica
MEXICO CITY: Javier Hernandez and Nestor Araujo scored in the first half, and Mexico overcame the absence of half a dozen players to beat Costa Rica 2-0 on Friday night in a World Cup qualifying match.
Hernandez scored on a cross from Carlos Vela to open the score in the seventh and Araujo added a goal on a header in the 45th.
Hernandez scored his 46th goal with the Mexican team and tied Jared Borgetti as the all-time leading scorer.
With the win, Mexico remains undefeated and has seven points after three rounds to take sole command in the six-nation tournament. Costa Rica stays on six points and is second and Panama is third with four. Honduras has three and plays later against the United States, which is trying to win its first points.
The top three teams qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Mexico beat Costa Rica for the first time since September 11, 2012, when they prevailed 1-0.