Mexico Soccer: El Tri takes the reigns of destiny

OribePeralta celebrates his goal in the Azteca, Photo: AP

Oribe Peralta celebrates his goal in the Azteca, Photo: AP

The stars aligned on a night when the Football world anticipated El Tri’s collapse.

A disaster was averted, as a moment of brilliance temporarily eradicated El Tri’s demons. Hanging by a thread, El Tri remains in the running for spot in Brazil 2014.

El Tri lives to fight another day.

Mexico’s 2-1 win over Panama in the Azteca could symbolize a turning point. This lifeline might be what El Tri needs to evoke a change of attitude, a boost of confidence that must be transmitted against Costa Rica.

Still the road to Brazil is still far from reach.

But for now El Tri has regained control of its World Cup fate. Mexico prone to slip-ups cannot afford to squander a result in San Jose. A victory over Costa Rica would guarantee Mexico a playoff with New Zealand and a chance to vie for a ticket to Brazil.

On Friday fans finally had reason to celebrate. The Azteca exploded in euphoria for the first time in the entire Hexagonal. The occasion was momentous as the feelings of optimism that came after Raul Jimenez’s bicycle kick was converted was well deserved. And fans that have suffered throughout qualifying were finally repaid for their loyalty.

Mexico must now travel to Costa Rica and acquire a result.

History favors Mexico. El Tri’s last meeting with Costa Rica in the Hexagonal away from home ended in a 3-0 victory in their favor. But this year qualifying has been full of surprises.

El Tri must fight till the end. A positive result against Costa Rica will fuel momentum.

A negative result from Honduras could even open up the possibility of a third place birth, but that maintains a murky scenario.

Mexico needs to focus on Costa Rica.

What happens with Honduras is irrelevant for the time being. Mexico must depend only on its self to book a ticket to Brazil.

Mexico’s destiny is theirs to decide.