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.
|Wagner backs Liverpool to win the league|
|Real Madrid strike world-record €180m deal for Mbappe – report|
|Higuain: I need to score more in Europe|
|Soliola given five-match ban for Slater hit|
|Devastated Rutherford to miss World Championships|
|Real Madrid ´would be alright´ but Dolberg in no rush to leave Ajax|
|Canada rugby sevens wing Zaruba lands NFL contract|
|Mane, Ings back in full Liverpool training|
|Mahrez would do great things at Roma – Gonalons|
|Sensational Peaty smashes his own world record|
|Australia´s ´ton of talent´ leaves Hayne eyeing Fiji World Cup call|
|Real Madrid want a top-class French striker, Lyon president claims|
|McMahon turns back on Australia for Japan move|
|Bernat has surgery on ankle ligament tear|
|Higuain wants Dybala at Juventus but ´can´t point a gun at his head´|
|Twins, Royals making moves to try catch Indians|
|I want more trophies – Ronaldo confirms Real Madrid stay|
|Outgoing Storm half-back Cronk yet to decide on future|
|Bjorn lauds ´special´ Spieth|
|Aulas: PSG signing Neymar for record fee is risky|
|We see life differently - Rafter responds to Tomic|
|Spieth favourite for US PGA Championship, says Watson|
|Cavs´ Jefferson sympathetic to Irving´s trade mindset|
|LeBron excited by Rose´s expected Cavs move|
|Klopp unfazed by Mourinho, Man United|
|Tyson: McGregor is going to get killed fighting Mayweather|
|WATCH: Mourinho crashes Lingard interview|
|Cavaliers promote Altman to general manager|
|Gasol agrees three-year deal with Spurs|
|Lukaku aiming to emulate Ronaldo at Man United|
|Broncos GM John Elway reaches agreement on new five-year deal|
|Duminy released from South Africa Test squad|
|Man City arrivals have brought trophy hunger back - Kompany|
|Great Britain do the double, Hosszu grasps home advantage|
|Better than Suarez & Van Persie: Opta stat proves West Ham have a bargain in Hernandez|
|Wolf signs on with promoted Stuttgart|
|Striker Hernandez completes £16m West Ham switch|
|Djokovic likely to miss US Open - doctor|
|Lukaku reveals how Pogba talked him into Man Utd move|
|Simon and Paire progress in Hamburg|
|Sevastova saunters through in Bastad, Zheng makes Nanchang exit|
|Morata: It was my destiny to play for Conte|
|´All good!´ - Keita and Demme make up after Leipzig spat|
|Bernardeschi joins Juventus for €40m|
|Wolfsburg out of race for AC Milan´s Suso|
|Cassano delivers third U-turn in baffling week to confirm retirement|
|Bailly to miss Man Utd´s Super Cup clash with Real Madrid|
|Riedewald reunited with De Boer at Crystal Palace|
|Jordan Spieth talks to his balls... and they listen!|
|Neymar ´would be welcome´ at Real Madrid, jokes Casemiro|
|Four-midable Froome, Matthews grasps his chance - the Tour de France Opta stats|
|Hamilton building a legacy as one of F1´s greatest - Wolff|
|James & Ancelotti back Morata for Chelsea success|
|I don´t think Pique was joking – Alba confident Neymar will stay|
|Maldini hails Bonucci capture and backs Milan for Champions League challenge|
|Player backs Spieth to complete Grand Slam after Open victory|
|RB Leipzig´s Demme escapes serious injury after reported Keita bust-up|
|Inter 1 Lyon 0: United target Perisic impresses as Jovetic nets winner|
|Leaving so soon? Cassano the latest in football´s long list of short stays|
|You´ll miss me! – Mbappe bids farewell to new Manchester City signing Mendy|
|I always wanted Manchester City, says new signing Mendy|
|Cassano quits Verona as saga takes another twist|
|FIR step in after Zebre pull out of Pro12|
|Manchester City spree continues with Mendy arrival|
|Dortmund rule out selling Sokratis to Juventus|
|Birkdale brilliance at The Open: Spieth´s Opta stats stack up|
|Milan coach Montella hopes Scudetto can become ´a concrete goal´|
|Martial is a defender´s nightmare, says Lingard|
|Pedro suffered facial fractures, Conte confirms|
|Rahul ruled out of first Test with viral fever|