New Zealand has not kept the minimum advantage in the match against Mexico and prematurely lost chances of an exit in the semi-finals taking place in Russia the FIFA confederations Cup.
In the first half, the new Zealanders are in no way inferior to one of the favorites of the group A, and therefore wood’s goal shortly before half-time did not surprise anyone. The nominal leader of the attack of the guests broke out with Calaveras and confidently beat him.
In the second half, the Mexicans came out with a burning desire to change the course of the game. It quickly became clear that the intentions of the “Aztec” is more than serious. New Zealand retreated to their goal and read a number of times was near the opposition penalty area.
Given the nature of the game goal against the islanders was a matter of time. In the 54th minute, Jimenez received the ball in the penalty area and striking a shot to the upper right corner restored parity. After the third hour Peralta tapped in a cross from the left flank and completed a comeback Mexicans.
85 minutes New Zealand could have saved the draw, but Thomas from the position of slaughter struck the woodwork.
Mexico — New Zealand 2:1
Goals: Jimenez, 54, Peralta, 72 Wood, 42
Mexico: Talavera Salcedo (Moreno, 33, (Marquez, 68)), Araujo, D. Reyes, Alanis (Herrera, 46) — Jovi. DOS Santos, Fabian, Aquino Damme — Peralta, Jimenez
New Zealand: Marinovic — Durant, Ingham (Patterson 82), Boxall, Wynn Rojas (Barbarouses, 74), Smith, McGlinchey, Lewis (Tuiloma, 58), Thomas Wood
Warning: Herrera, J. Reyes — Thomas, Boxall
Standings: Mexico, Portugal 4, Russia – 3, New Zealand 0.
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