Mexico secured top spot in Group C at the CONCACAF Gold Cup after an unconvincing 2-0 win over Curacao on Sunday.
Angel Sepulveda scored a first-half header and Edson Alvarez sealed the win late on at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, as the defending champions scraped to their win.
Goalkeeper Jose Corona starred with numerous strong saves as Curacao – who finish the tournament without a point – threatened often.
With coach Juan Carlos Osorio suspended, an understrength Mexico are yet to impress in the United States, and they will look for improvement against Honduras in their quarter-final.
Mexico were once again much-changed, with Orbelin Pineda the only player to retain his starting spot from the team that played out a dour 0-0 draw against Jamaica.
Coming off a 2-0 loss to El Salvador, Curacao made five changes as Shanon Carmelia, Ayrton Statie, Michael Maria, Quenten Martinus and Gino van Kessel started in place of Quentin Jakoba, Gillian Justiana, Jurien Gaari, Rangelo Janga and Elson Hooi.
Curacao made an excellent start, pushing Mexico – who seemed flat – back in the early stages.
The minnows almost turned their dominance into a 14th-minute lead, but Corona saved well with a strong right hand to deny Van Kessel.
But, against the run of play, Mexico opened the scoring midway through the first half.
Raul Lopez burst clear down the right and crossed to the back post, where Sepulveda headed into the bottom corner.
The goal seemed to settle Mexico, who went close through Martin Barragan and Erick Gutierrez to finish the half.
However, it was again Curacao who started the second half brightly, Leandro Bacuna smashing the crossbar with a header.
Corona made a superb save with his legs to deny Van Kessel again in the 56th minute before Bacuna struck the crossbar from distance.
After the hour-mark, substitute Elias Hernandez almost doubled Mexico's lead, cutting in from the right before seeing his shot tipped over by Curacao keeper Eloy Room.
Mexico should have sealed their win in the 76th minute, but Gutierrez – untracked from midfield – headed a cross wide from near the penalty spot.
Hernandez squandered their next opportunity, stepping past his defender before firing straight at Room from inside the area, and Jair Pereira also hit the crossbar.
But Mexico finally made sure of the result in the 91st minute, substitute Alvarez tucking a finish into the bottom corner for his first international goal.
|Flyers´ Gudas suspended for 10 games for violent slash|
|Two-time NBA All-Star David Lee announces retirement|
|Guardiola will ´kill´ City stars if they get complacent|
|Bills coach McDermott to ´evaluate´ quarterback position|
|LeBron on Kaepernick controversy: I don´t respect the NFL|
|Ibrahimovic: My injury was worse than people know|
|Russell to leave Warriors at end of season|
|Cook cruises to first PGA Tour win|
|Truex wins first NASCAR championship|
|Cardinals´ Fitzgerald now fifth all-time in receiving yards|
|Icardi like a ´raptor pouncing on its prey´, says Spalletti|
|Tired Goffin insists: ´I will be ready for Davis Cup final´|
|In-form Chelsea have regained hunger - Conte|
|Stones can bounce back stronger - Kompany|
|Guardiola ready to risk Kompany for Man City after Stones´ injury|
|City style suits me and thrills neutrals, says De Bruyne|
|Dimitrov thanks Scherzinger for giving him the X Factor at ATP Finals|
|Inter 2 Atalanta 0: Icardi brace sends Spalletti´s side second|
|Giampaolo promises more from ´extraordinary´ Sampdoria|
|Dimitrov overcomes gutsy Goffin to win ATP Finals|
|Memorable Ashes Moments: Australia skittled for 98 at MCG|
|NFL extends deal to play in Mexico through 2021|
|Record-breaking Valencia tee up blockbuster Barcelona clash|
|Poor West Ham performance at Watford was to be expected - Moyes|
|We will see what happens in the future - Silva non-committal on Everton rumours|
|Stones can bounce back stronger - Kompany|
|Racing climb above Toulon in thriller|
|Football needs to do more to combat racism - Boateng|
|Watford 2 West Ham 0: Misery for Moyes on Hammers bow|
|Unlucky 13: Benevento suffer record-breaking defeat|
|Juventus lost composure amid Sampdoria onslaught - Allegri|
|Exeter capitalise on Saracens defeat to top Premiership|
|Race to Dubai winner Fleetwood hails ´biggest day of my career´|
|Dutch Grand Prix a ´realistic´ prospect from 2020|
|Sampdoria 3 Juventus 2: Champions slip further off the pace after thriller|
|Coleman confirmed as Sunderland boss|
|I was just injured - Belgium´s Nainggolan blasts ´stupid´ claims of feigned ailment|
|Leeds United 2 Middlesbrough 1: Losing streak snapped to ease pressure on Christiansen|
|Ioane and Romano to miss All Blacks´ Wales clash|
|One punch only! Tete retains world title with 11-second knockout|
|Hughes backs Giggs for Wales job|
|Bennett: Social media clip prompted Brown withdrawal|
|Memorable Ashes Moments: Anderson and Panesar defy Australia in Cardiff|
|Madrid confirm Ramos´ broken nose after derby clash|
|Kane wants to retire with Tottenham|
|Mourinho: Man United lacked balance with attacking line-up|
|Fleetwood wins Race to Dubai after Rose wilts, Rahm claims tournament win|
|Pastore not considering PSG exit to help World Cup chances|
|Wenger, Ozil & Sanchez uncertainty affecting Arsenal, says Seaman|
|Dhawan, Rahul lead India revival in Kolkata|
|Silva not surprised by Chelsea, Spurs interest in Richarlison|
|Ancelotti, Conte, Allegri on shortlist to replace Ventura|
|Bencic doubles up with Taipei title|
|Perth Glory 0 Melbourne Victory 2: Visitors claim first A-League win of season|
|Bayliss calls for A-team matches on Ashes tours|
|Smith will bowl in the Ashes, says Lehmann|
|Marcelo unaware of Ramos-Ronaldo rift at Real Madrid|
|England book Tonga semi with PNG win|
|Celtics win 15th straight, 76ers in collapse against Warriors|
|Lehmann tells Australia: Get behind the Ashes team|
|Goffin revels in career-best win after upstaging Federer|
|Neymar will take PSG´s next penalty - Cavani|
|Ranieri would consider coaching Italy|
|It´s been an amazing year - Federer signs off for 2017 after London exit|
|Postecoglou set for decision on Socceroos future|
|Celtics coach Stevens wants more despite 14-game streak|
|Kerr: What Embiid did against the Lakers was terrifying|
|Cook extends lead at RSM Classic|
|Frampton beats Garcia by unanimous decision in front of Canelo|
|Championship Review: Millwall deny sloppy Sunderland, Wolves back on top|