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.
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.