Mexico into Gold Cup semis after shootout win over Costa Rica

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Jun 29, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo (3) scores the winning penalty kick goal against Costa Rica goalkeeper Marco Madrigal (18) in the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa saved from Keysher Fuller in a sudden death shootout to put his side into the semi-finals of the Gold Cup after the teams drew 1-1 in Houston on Saturday.

Raul Jimenez gave Mexico the lead in the 44th minute before Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz leveled from the penalty spot seven minutes after the break.

After a scoreless extra time both teams netted four penalties from their first five kicks. Carlos Salcedo was successful with the first penalty in sudden death before Ochoa’s save from Fuller put Mexico through 5-4.

Mexico will play Haiti, who beat Canada 3-2 earlier on Saturday, in the semi-final in Glendale, Arizona on July 2.

The other two quarter-finals will be decided on Sunday when Jamaica play Panama and defending champions the United States face Curacao.

Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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