Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez has made history for Mexico.
The Bayer Leverkusen forward scored his 46th career national team goal Friday, matching Jared Borgetti's record for El Tri in a 2-0 World Cup qualifier win over Costa Rica at Estadio Azteca.
He couldn't have picked a better stage and time to do it. Costa Rica and Mexico entered as the top two teams in the CONCACAF Hexagonal standings early through the final round, and Mexico's win cements its place atop the table.
Mexico, which is 2-0-1 in the round thus far, saw Chicharito snap his international scoring drought, which dated back to June 9 against Jamaica in Copa America Centenario, in the seventh minute. He ran onto a perfect through ball from Carlos Vela and chipped the on-rushing Keylor Navas to open the scoring and pull even with Borgetti.
Costa Rica kept Mexico from scoring a second when Navas delivered a fantastic diving save to deny Vela on a long-range blast.
That reprieve was only temporary, though. Nestor Araujo's header off a corner kick just before halftime gave El Tri a 2-0 advantage heading into the break.
Mexico nursed its lead through the second half but watched as Chicharito exited in the 64th with an apparent injury on his left lower leg.
His status remains to be seen for Tuesday's match at Trinidad & Tobago.
Costa Rica will look to get back on track at Honduras.