International round-up - Fulham's Ruiz pelted by Mexico fans

Mike Stobe

Midfielder gets attacked from the stands as Mexican fans express their disappointment in a 0-0 draw with Costa Rica

Bryan Ruiz was pelted with objects thrown from the stands as he lined up to take a corner in his Costa Rica side's 0-0 draw with Mexico.

Bottles and rubbish were thrown at Ruiz, the Costa Rican captain, while fans also tried to put the 27 year-old off with a laser pen.

Fans Bad Behavior - Azteca stadium - 11.06.2013 (via FootballManiaChannel)

The Fulham midfielder eventually persevered and helped his side to another respectable point in a so-far successful World Cup qualifying campaign.

Ruiz played the whole 90 minutes with Costa Rica setting the pace early on. Arsenal's Joel Campbell had two good chances in the first half while Ruiz himself fired over from long distance.

Mexico returned fire later in the game but couldn't break down their visitors, much to the anger of their home support. The result leaves Costa Rica sitting happily in 2nd place in the CONCACAF standings.

Mark Schwarzer, meanwhile, has warned his Australia team mates that the hard work has still to be done as the Socceroos moved one step closer to their third successive World Cup finals.

Australia beat Jordan 4-0, displaying their lesser-known attacking panache, and need only beat Iraq to complete their qualification. But the experienced Schwarzer, who was on Fulham's release list unveiled earlier in the month, knows that this is no time to have fun.

"We've had quite a few discussions in the change-room afterwards," the goalkeeper said.

"We've won the game, we've done half the job.

"Nothing else matters unless we win next week [against Iraq]. If we don't win next week, then it could all end in tears, and we don't want that to happen."

Alex Kacaniklic has also been busy, helping Sweden to a richly-required 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands. The Swedes had to put in a good performance after a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Austria last Friday and Kacaniklic was his usual creative and tricky self.

The Swedes now sit in third place in Group C of the European World Cup qualifying section, and are part of an intense, three way battle for second place. The Republic of Ireland and Austria sit on the same number of points as Sweden, with eleven apiece.

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