Mexico grabbed a 1-0 victory at Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying on Sunday night, giving El Tri two wins to start off the campaign for the first time since 2005.
After a labored 2-1 victory on Thursday in Mexico City over a short-handed Jamaica, Orbelin Pineda's penalty kick strike late in the first half was enough give Mexico three points despite a rough, physical showing from Los Ticos.
Without several starters from their last match -- as well as their manager Gerardo Martino -- Mexico gutted out a victory to remain atop the CONCACAF qualification table after two rounds.
Martino stayed behind following surgery to correct a detached retina, leaving assistant Jorge Theilen to lead the team at the Estadio Nacional.
Costa Rica, on the other hand, looked to build on a draw in their previous match, a 0-0 draw in Panama. Manager Luis Fernando Suarez stoked the ire of several players on the Mexican side after questioning the usefulness of Mexico's dominance in CONCACAF, historically one of the weakest regions in world football.