Mexico moves to semifinals with shootout win

first_imgMexico stayed alive at the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Costa Rica in the quarter-finals on Saturday.Raul Jimenez’s first-half goal had put Gerardo Martino’s side ahead at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.However, Bryan Ruiz’s controversial second-half penalty drew Costa Rica level and a shoot-out followed despite chances for both sides. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Guillermo Ochoa made a brilliant save late in extra time and again in the shoot-out, denying Keysher Fuller to claim a 5-4 success.¡A SEMIFINALES! @CocaColaMx y @PoweradeMx te dejan el marcador final del duelo  Costa Rica en la  Oro.#PasiónyOrgullo | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/zITjoseeJl— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 30, 2019Despite a lively start by both teams, there were few chances at either end until Costa Rica threatened just after the half-hour mark.Celso Borges stepped up to curl a 25-yard free-kick just wide, before the midfielder later hit the post, although the move was flagged offside anyway.Instead, Mexico took the lead just before half-time through Jimenez.Jimenez’s initial strike after a Rodolfo Pizarro cross from the left was blocked, but he produced a composed finish from inside the area to make it 1-0.Costa Rica found a way back into the game early in the second half after a controversial penalty decision.Luis Rodriguez was ruled to have brought down Joel Campbell, who was about to shoot, although replays showed he got the ball and any contact appeared to occur just outside the area.Still, Ruiz made the most of the chance from the penalty spot, converting to bring Costa Rica level.That seemed to bring Mexico back to life as Jimenez forced a fine save from Leonel Moreira before also shooting wide in the 62nd minute.In what was an end-to-end finish to the 90 minutes, Mexico almost found a winner through substitute Carlos Rodriguez, who hit the crossbar from close range.The chances continued in extra time, the best falling for Jonathan McDonald, whose powerful low strike was well saved by Ochoa in the 108th minute.Jimenez had a penalty saved to begin the shoot-out but Mexico recovered, Randall Leal missing the target before Ochoa superbly denied Fuller. What does it mean? Mexico find a way, but only justIt looked like Martino’s perfect record at the helm was coming to an end as Mexico fell behind in the shoot-out. However, after seven wins from as many games under Martino heading into their meeting with Costa Rica, Mexico found a way again.Ochoa steps up at key momentMexico only got to penalties thanks to Ochoa, who did well to deny McDonald in extra time. The goalkeeper then delivered the key save in the shoot-out, diving to his right to deny Fuller.Martino mistake for MexicoThey edged into the semi-finals, but Mexico will need to find a way without Martino in the last four. The coach picked up his second yellow card of the tournament during extra time and is suspended.What’s next?Mexico will face surprise semi-finalists Haiti on Tuesday, while Costa Rica look ahead to a friendly against Uruguay in September. read morelast_img read more

Value of Irish exports fell by almost half a billion between December

first_imgEXPORTS WEAKENED SLIGHTLY at the start of this year compared to 2013, with the value of exports falling close to half a billion to €7.218 billion (6 per cent).This has resulted in A 9 per cent fall in Ireland’s trade surplus for that month according to CSO figures released today.Ireland also imported close to double the amount of ‘petroleum products and related materials’  than January 2013, increasing 42 per cent to €137 million.However, compared with January 2013, the value of exports in the same month this year increased 4 per cent to €7.031 billion.Chemical productsOther increases include exports of chemical products by 6 per cent, and organic chemicals by 15 per cent.Exports of food and live animals increased by 9 per cent, worth €59 million.Speaking during a trade mission to Italy, Minister Richard Bruton welcomed the announce, noting that it represents “strong export performance”, but stressed that “challenges remain”.“I believe that generating sustainable broad based export-led growth is essential to rebuilding our economy”Ireland’s top five destinations for exports in January this year were: Great Britain (€1,483m)USA (€425m)Germany (€388m)China (€292m)Japan (€243m)See the full statistics here.Read: Value of Irish food and drink exports nearly €10 billion in 2013 > USA (€1,635m)Great Britain (€897m)Belgium (€856m)Switzerland (€446m)Germany (€441m)Imports were mainly from:last_img read more