Mexico Eliminates Host Russia From Confederations Cup

The Russian players gathered in the middle of the pitch to salute fans after the final whistle and were applauded by the crowd.

Russia was the lowest-ranked team in the eight-nation competition, which includes continental champions, the most recent World Cup winner and the host nation.

The opening goal came after a blitz by the Russian attack in the 25th minute. After striker Fedor Smolov hit the post with a long-range shot and Yury Zhirkov had his shot saved by Mexico’s goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa, Russia kept possession and sent the ball back into the area, where Aleksandr Erokhin missed on a chance before Samedov picked up his pass and sent a precise low shot into the far corner.

Mexico equalized five minutes later after Hector Herrera’s long cross into the area found Araujo near the far post. Araujo headed the ball into the opposite corner, over goalkeeper Akinfeev.

Akinfeev made a mistake that led to Mexico’s second goal after a long clearance by Herrera from near the Mexican area. The ball took a high bounce and started to fall just at the edge of Akinfeev’s box. He apparently wasn’t sure if he could use his hands and ended up taking too long to commit to the ball with his feet, allowing Lozano to nip in and head it into the open net.

One of the best chances for Russia came in the 72nd when the substitute IgorSmolnikov took a shot from very close range, but it went over the crossbar.

The hosts had a goal by Samedov disallowed for offside just a few minutes into the second half.

Portugal, the European champion, outclassed New Zealand, which extended its winless Confederations Cup run to 12 games across four editions.

Ronaldo scored with a penalty kick in the 33rd minute, four minutes before Bernardo Silva slipped a shot into an unguarded goal. Andre Silva dribbled deep into the New Zealand penalty area to score with a rising shot in the 80th, and a substitute, Nani, shot low past goalkeeper Stefan…

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