Mexico Eliminates Host Russia From Confederations Cup

Sheri Evans
June 27, 2017

Andre Silva dribbled deep into the New Zealand penalty area to score with a rising shot in the 80th and Nani drilled in a fourth goal for Portugal during stoppage time.

Mexico's victory sees them progress into the semi-finals alongside Portugal, who cruised to a 4-0 victory over New Zealand in the group's other fixture. He had 17 goals in 31 second-division games for Union the season before.

A report by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren in December said more than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and paralympic sport were involved in or benefited from an institutional conspiracy to hide positive doping tests.

Mixed emotions were again the order of the day for All Whites coach Anthony Hudson after his team completed the Confederations Cup with a 4-0 loss to Portugal.

New Zealand created a few more chances in the second half, their best coming as the hour mark approached.

New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic makes a save during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal, at the St. Petersburg Stadium, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

The 34-year-old Pepe, on his way out of Real Madrid, was voted the man of the match when Portugal defeated host France 1-0 in the final of the 2016 European Championship.

Silva finally provided Portugal with further breathing space 10 minutes from time as the AC Milan-bound striker ran at the Kiwi defence before drilling into the roof of the net.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos gave New Zealand a boost by withdrawing Ronaldo 23 minutes from the end, but substitute Nani almost made a swift impact, latching on to Quaresma's cross and slamming a powerful shot at Marinovic from 10 yards.

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Mexico also advanced by beating host Russian Federation 2-1 in Kazan on Saturday.

Russian Federation had just become the first host nation since South Korea in 2001 to fail to emerge from their group at a Confederations Cup and it did not end well, with veteran Yuri Zhirkov compounding their misery with a red card on 68 minutes for throwing an elbow. "I think we deserved to win and we're delighted with the result and the performance of the team".

Mutko, who also serves as Russian Football Union president, suggested the article had appeared as the result of resentment among the English media since 2010, when Russia beat England in the race to host the 2018 World Cup. Midfielder Danilo was pushed and tripped trying to meet the ball from a corner.

Mexico then suffered a blow in the 39th minute when Diego Reyes was forced off with an injury.

The second goal came from neat play on the left between Ricardo Queresma and Eliseu to set up Silva from five meters (yards).

Akinfeev failed to clear a bouncing ball, allowing Lozano to sneak in and score the victor seven minutes into the second half.

What was perhaps odd was Saudi Arabian referee Fahad Al Mirdasi pulled the game back a couple of minutes after the incident for it to be reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

But one of Russia's best chances was still to come when substitute Igo Smolnikov also sent his shot over the crossbar from very close range.

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