Anthony Hudson and New Zealand "incredibly disappointed" following loss to Mexico

Confederations Cup 2017: Mexico edge New Zealand to top group
Mexico's Carlos Salcedo to require surgery, will miss three months
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25 June, 2017

CONCACAF champions Mexico were given an almighty scare by minnows New Zealand in their Group A game of the 2017 Confederations Cup at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, with El Tri coming from behind to seal a thrilling 2-1 win on Wednesday night.

Cristiano Ronaldo set aside his legal troubles to score the winning goal for Portugal on Wednesday in a 1-0 victory over hosts Russian Federation in the Confederations Cup.

Despite the off-field disruption, Ronaldo picked up the man-of-the-match award in Portugal's opening 2-2 draw with Mexico on Sunday.

"So whoever we face in November, it will be the fifth-best team in South America". The team played very well against a side playing at home with the support of their fans.

"We deserved more out of the game, thought we were the better team in the first half, thought we created so many chances", Hudson said following the match.

Ronaldo is accused by Spanish authorities of having evaded paying 14.7 million euros ($16.5m) in tax and has been summoned to appear in court next month in Madrid.

"Raphael went to hospital, we think he might have fractured his leg", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. He found space on the right flank and crept in behind defender Fyodor Kudryashov to head in Guerreiro's lofted cross at the far post.

Marinovic made impressive saves to deny Ronaldo, Andre Silva and Nani but was powerless stop Andre Silva or Nani late in the game.

However, the host was unlucky not to force an equaliser after a string of chances in a strong second-half display.

Defender Georgy Dzhikiya headed narrowly over the bar from the game's final corner in added time. 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.

The players and staff launched a tirade at their counterparts and the officials in the first half when New Zealand played on with a Mexican defender on the ground injured and Wood had a guilt-edged opportunity in front of goal.

Osario said the match turned when Porto midfielder Hector Herrera came on for the second half and Mexico's attacks started to flow.

Osorio made just one change at half-time, deciding to trust his team and whatever he said at the interval must have worked because Mexico came flying out of the blocks and looked to equalise nearly immediately.

"But the way we played the other night against Mexico [a hard-fought 2-1 defeat], we knew we had that in us".

He said: "I see this as another game that we want to approach with the mindset of being organised, having the right mentality and we want to get a result".

It concluded with a brawl featuring most players on the field, bad blood having lingered after New Zealand nearly opened the scoring when Wood was played onside by Carlos Salcedo as the Eintracht Frankfurt defender lay injured on the turf.

Javier Aquino dribbled in from the left and after an exchange of passes on the edge of the New Zealand box, Jimenez spun to fire high into the net.


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