Confederations Cup: Mexico vs Russia – Where to Watch

Mexico will wrap up their participation in the group stage of the 2017 Confederations Cup this Saturday when they take on the hosts, Russia.

Mexico and Russia are both in the running to advance to the knockout rounds; this game is winner-takes-all, although El Tri would also advance with a draw. In the unlikely scenario that Portugal loses to New Zealand, then Mexico could advance even with a loss.

Russia is looking to avoid becoming the first host to fail to qualify for the knockout rounds since South Korea in 2001, while Mexico would be quite happy to play spoiler to their hosts.

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Carlos Salcedo Ruled Out of Confederations Cup

Carlos Salcedo will miss the rest of the Confederations Cup – and the start of the season with his new club Eintracht Frankfurt – after suffering a shoulder injury in Wednesday’s game against New Zealand.

The defender fell awkwardly on his shoulder and was stretchered off the field in the 33rd minute of that game. The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) confirmed that Salcedo suffered ligament damage in his acromioclavicular joint.

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Voit Releases Official Match Ball for the Apertura 2017

Voit has introduced a new match ball for Liga MX, Ascenso MX, and the Copa MX, which will be used during the Apertura 2017 seasons: the Lummo.

Voit is currently in negotiations with Liga MX to decide if they will also produce the official ball for the new Liga MX Femenil division.

The new @VoitFutbol Lummo will be used in Liga MX, Ascenso MX, and the Copa MX. 

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Confederations Cup: Mexico vs New Zealand – Recap and Highlights

It was not nearly as easy or as straightforward as Mexico was expecting, but in the end El Tri rallied for a 2-1 victory over New Zealand.

There were surprises both on and off the field, with the All Whites taking a shock lead and Mexico fans in the stands largely refraining from the infamous “eh p*to” chant after FIFA’s latest warning, drawing praise from the national team’s official Twitter account.

APPLAUSE for the fans who DIDN’T shout at the @NZ_Football goalkeeper. True #Incondicionales! 

There was no praise, however, for the play on the field. Juan Carlos Osorio made no fewer than eight changes to the starting XI that drew 2-2 with Portugal on Sunday, and Mexico looked rather disjointed in the opening half. New Zealand had several chances to take the lead, beginning with a dangerous header in the 20th minute that Alfredo Talavera snagged right on the line.

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FIFA Warns Mexico over Homophobic Chants

After previously announcing a new three-step anti-discrimination system to debut at the 2017 Confederations Cup, FIFA has continued its increased scrutiny of fan behavior with a warning for Mexico.

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF), which has to date amassed eight fines in World Cup qualifying for homophobic chants by supporters, has now received an official warning from FIFA for fan behavior in their opening Confederations Cup game against Portugal.

During that game, which ended in a 2-2 draw, Mexican fans continued to shout the homophobic slur “p*to” on opposition goal kicks.

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Querétaro Signs Alexis Pérez

Querétaro has announced the signing of Alexis Pérez.

OFFICIAL: Alexis Pérez is our new reinforcement for the Apertura 2017

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Confederations Cup: Mexico vs New Zealand – Where to Watch

The second round of Group A games will be played this Wednesday, with Mexico facing New Zealand and the hosts Russia taking on Portugal.

New Zealand is by far the weakest team in the group and Mexico will expect a straightforward victory here. After drawing with Portugal in their opening game, a win would put El Tri in a very good position before their final game against Russia.

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Hirving Lozano Joins PSV Eindhoven

Hirving Lozano has temporarily left the Mexican national team at the Confederations Cup to complete his move from Pachuca to PSV Eindhoven.

Pachuca bid farewell to their young star on Twitter, with a message reading, “We knew that your limit would be the sky and that reaching it would depend only on your effort. Your work is taking you far. Break it, keep going, achieve your dream.”

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Confederations Cup: Portugal vs Mexico – Recap and Highlights

In their 2017 Confederations Cup debut, Mexico scored a stoppage-time goal to tie Portugal 2-2. El Tri twice came from behind to tie the game, leaving Mexico and Portugal to share the spoils in this Group A match.

After a few minutes of feeling each other out, both teams went on the attack. It was Portugal who had the ball in the back of the net first, but that would-be goal was disallowed thanks to the new video assistance referee technology.

In the 19th minute, Portugal won a free kick, which Cristiano Ronaldo sent into the wall. He collected the rebound and hit the bar; that rebound was sent back into the box yet again and nodded in by Pepe; however, VAR ruled Pepe was offside from the initial ball in.

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Pachuca Signs Ángelo Sagal

Pachuca has announced the signing of Chilean striker Ángelo Sagal.

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