Teams of Portugal and Mexico confirmed their status of favorites of the group and made it to the semi-finals taking place in Russia the FIFA confederations Cup.
Mexico due to a comeback victory over Russia in the fourth time out of the group at the confederations Cup. One of the creators of the success of “the Aztecs” was the goalkeeper Russians Igor Akinfeev, who at the beginning of the second half helped the Irving Lozano to score the winning goal. Russia had plenty of time to comeback, but to recover from this blow, the hosts of the tournament and could not.
Mexico – Russia 2:1
Goals: Araujo, 30, Lozano, 52 — Samedov, 25
Mexico: Ochoa Araujo, D. Reyes (L. Reyes, 39), Moreno, Layun — Jonathan DOS Santos, Herrera, Guardado (Alanis, 70) Led (Aquino, 46), Hernandez Lozano
Russia: Akinfeev — Djikia, Vasin, Kudryashov — Samedov, Erokhin (Smolnikov, 70), Glushakov, Golovin, Zhirkov — CSKA Moscow (Kanunnikov, 78), Bukharov (Poloz, 64)
Warning: Guardado, Alanis — Zhirkov, Kudryashov, Vasin, Golovin
Removal: Zhirkov, 68 (second yellow card)
Champions of Europe, the Portuguese defeated New Zealand and qualified from the group with the first line. Ronaldo and company dominated the islanders for 90 minutes of the game and achieved a legitimate victory with a big score.
New Zealand – Portugal 0:4
Goals: Ronaldo 33 (pen), Bernardo Silva, 37, andré Silva, 80, Nani 90+1
New Zealand: Marinovic — Ingham, Boxall, Durant (Smaltz, 74), Smith, Christopher McGlinchey (Tuiloma, 37), Rojas, Thomas Lewis (Barbarouses, 65), Wood
Portugal: Patrício — Semed, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Eliseu — Bernardo Silva (Pizzi, 46), Pereira, Moutinho Quaresma (Martins 83) — Andre Silva, Ronaldo (Nani 67)
Warning: Lewis Ingham — Semed, Pepe
Standings: Portugal, Mexico – 7, Russia – 3, New Zealand 0.
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