Category Archives: Confederations Cup

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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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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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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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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Confederations Cup: Portugal vs Mexico – Where to Watch

Mexico’s 2017 Confederations Cup campaign gets underway this Sunday with a Group A match-up against Portugal. Their group mates – hosts Russia and New Zealand – will play the first game of the tournament this Saturday.

Portugal with star Cristiano Ronaldo are among the favorites to make a run in the Cup, but Mexico will look to derail the Europeans with a positive result in this one.

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FIFA to Introduce Three-Strike System at Confederations Cup

In a bid to quell fears related to racism and discrimination in Russia ahead of next summer’s World Cup, FIFA will introduce a three-step system at the Confederations Cup aimed at discouraging such behavior.

The system gives referees the authority to stop games if discriminatory chants or behavior occurs.

The first step is a stadium announcement demanding such behavior stop; if it continues, the referee may stop the game until the behavior subsides. If it still continues, the referee may suspend or abandon the game entirely.

It is unclear how the outcome of an abandoned game would be decided should it come to that.

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Mexico Announces Confederations Cup Roster

Juan Carlos Osorio has announced Mexico’s 23-man roster for the 2017 Confederations Cup. The Confederations Cup will be held in Russia between June 17th and July 2nd, and El Tri was drawn into Group A with Portugal, New Zealand, and the host nation.

The roster features nine players from Liga MX, one from MLS, and 13 europeos. The most-represented club is Porto, which has sent three players; from within Liga MX, Atlas and Chivas both provided two players.

The complete 23-man roster is as follows:

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