Mexico recovers to beat NZ 2-1 in fiery Confed Cup game

New Zealand face Mexico battle to stay alive in Confederations Cup

New Zealand face Mexico battle to stay alive in Confederations Cup

"If I was a big team in world football and we were taken right to the edge by a smaller team like New Zealand there's a certain amount of discomfort there and big pressure".

Southampton full-back Cedric Soares has admitted that he is "very happy" to have scored his first Portugal goal against Mexico on Sunday.

Later on Wednesday, Mexico needed second-half goals by Benfica's Jimenez and Peralta to grab victory over New Zealand in a bad-tempered match at Sochi.

Ronaldo came into the Confederations Cup with a five-match scoring streak, having scored 48 goals in 52 starts during the 2016-17 campaign.

Cristiano Ronaldo's solitary worldwide goal, which was his 74th senior global goal, was enough to hand Portugal Confederation Cup victory over hosts Russian Federation. New Zealand's hopes of a first-ever victory in its fourth appearance at the World Cup warm-up tournament were thwarted nine minutes into the second half.

New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson has expressed his disappointment following his side's 2-1 loss to Mexico at the Confederations Cup.

One major drawback in the game for Portugal was their young left back Raphael guerreiro was left injured in the second half near the one hour mark and had to be substituted to prevent further damage. "But we were better, we had more chances", he said. It was the fifth time in a year that Federation Internationale de Football Association acted against the chant in games involving Mexico. Mexico's coach Juan Carlos Osorio took particular exception to this, berating Wood himself from the dugout.

He scored his 20th worldwide goal - and New Zealand's first for 334 minutes of combined game time - when latching onto a deflected through ball from Clayton Lewis. "The fact we got into those positions says a lot about how we played in the first half".

The Russians, who defeated New Zealand 2-0 in their opening game, late in the match launched their push and might have been level just after the hour when Alexander Samedov's teasing cross was only fractionally too high for Smolov in the middle. "That's why they were winning 1-0 but we stayed positive, strong and united to move forward in the match and score the two goals".

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