Confed Cup hosts Russia face decisive match against Mexico

Ross Houston
June 24, 2017

Mexico will face Russian Federation next at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on Saturday, with victory confirming the nation's place in the second stage of the competition.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos has given no indication over whether Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested for their final Confederations Cup group game against New Zealand. I don't want the opponents to know.

"I apologise, my words were wrong", Osorio said through a translator. "We had more chances", he said.

"This is sport. We're simply preparing ourselves for the game".


Portugal's opening day draw with Mexico in Kazan, and Mexico's narrow win over New Zealand in Sochi, means the two teams are the joint group leaders and level on four points, with only the group winners and runners-up advancing to the semifinal stage. If it's a top team they are fifth because they have lost games they should have won.

Although Mexico dragged themselves back into the game and scraped the win due to goals from Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta, the Kiwis nearly leveled when midfielder Ryan Thomas rattled the crossbar in the closing stages. "Obviously, rotation will take place, that I can tell you". "We deserved to win and the team are to be congratulated". All fans attending the Confederations Cup were given the aforementioned ID, which plays a similar role to a visa; this helps authorities identify fans in case any problems arise.

"Everybody has their own opinion so we just accept what people say and we try to learn from positive criticism and the others, we just accept them". We have a definite plan but I would not want to go into details. We need a positive result.

For Russia, anything but a victory will mean an early exit from its home tournament, although advancing was already seen as a hard task in a group with Mexico and Portugal.


"We are not thinking about the semi-final", Cherchesov said.

"But things changed in the second half and we created several good chances". We are the only country that is not the champion of its respective continent. We started from the ground up.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has apologised after television cameras caught him using an expletive during Wednesday's ill-tempered Confederations Cup match against New Zealand. However, Carlos Salcedo is out with a dislocated shoulder, bringing Nestor Araujo into the starting lineup.

Guardado said he was glad that Mexican fans have stopped homophobic chants that prompted a warning by Federation Internationale de Football Association.


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