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Confederations Cup: Germany vs Mexico – Where to Watch

The Confederations Cup semifinals begin this Wednesday with Portugal vs Chile before Mexico takes on Germany on Thursday.

Mexico finished second in Group A with a 2-1-0 record (2-1 victories against Russia and New Zealand and a 2-2 draw with Portugal) while Germany won Group B with the same 2-1-0 record (a 3-2 win against Australia, a 3-1 win against Cameroon, and a 1-1 draw with Chile).

Mexico will look to take advantage of a German defense that has been somewhat shaky in this tournament (conceding to a 10-man Cameroon side), while El Tri’s own defense may have some trouble with Germany’s prolific attack. Mexico conceded first in all three of their group stage games and had to fight back each time.

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Mexico’s 2017 Gold Cup Roster

Mexico has announced their final 23-man roster for the 2017 Gold Cup, whittled down from the preliminary 40-man roster that was announced earlier this month.

The Gold Cup will run from July 7th to 26th. El Tri was drawn into Group C alongside El Salvador, Curaçao, and Jamaica.

Due to Mexico’s participation in June’s Confederation Cup, their Gold Cup roster is peppered with players seeking just their first or second caps, such as Miguel Ángel Fraga and Ángel Sepúlveda.

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Toluca Signs Santiago García

Toluca has announced the signing of Santiago García.

Welcome to our team, Santiago García!

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Confederations Cup: Mexico vs Russia – Recap and Highlights

Mexico once again had to come from behind, but they ultimately beat Russia 2-1 in their last group stage game. The victory gives El Tri a spot in the Confederations Cup semifinals while eliminating the hosts. 

Mexico controlled possession in the opening stanza, but Russia looked dangerous when they did have the ball. The hosts had two penalty shouts, one which went to VAR, and then, in the 25th minute, they took the lead. Alexandr Erokhin whiffed on his attempted shot but was able to keep control of the ball and send it over to Aleksandr Samedov, who made it 1-0. 

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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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