Impressive Mexico ease past Colombia
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CONCACAF champions Mexico showed they mean business at Costa Rica 2014 with an impressive 4-0 victory over Colombia built on the back of a first-half onslaught in Alajuela.

The Mexicans defied the early heat to race to a 3-0 lead inside the opening quarter-hour.

Viiridiana Salazar, Jacqueline Crowther and Janae Gonzalez all found the scoresheet with Cinthia Huerta rounding out the scoring midway through the second stanza.

Playmaker Belen Cruz and Crowther linked with regularity constantly causing problems for the South American’s defence.

After Salazar opened the scoring for the fastest goal of the tournament thus far, Cruz then set-up Crowther for a second on five minutes.

Next it was Gonzalez’s turn with her long-range effort leaving the goalkeeper helpless on 14 minutes.

Crowther then hit the post with a header from free-kick and a rout loomed but Colombia, to their credit, rallied.

The pressure though continued after the break with Nancy Acosta and Maria Hurtado firing wide, while Angie Ortiz hit the post with a sweetly-struck free-kick.

The scoring was complete with Cruz again the provider setting up player of the match Huerta who struck perfectly with her right foot for the final goal.

Player of the match: Cinthia Huerta (Mexico)