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.
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.
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.
One of the biggest games of the Hex is fast approaching, with Mexico hosting the U.S. in the Estadio Azteca this Sunday. The game, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was moved up to accommodate Mexico’s participation in the Confederations Cup.
Both teams are coming off wins on Thursday, with the U.S. beating Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 and Mexico seeing off Honduras 3-0.
El Tri will look to keep their unbeaten record alive, while the U.S. will look to shock their rival with a positive result. Mexico is currently first in the standings with 13 points, while the U.S. is third with seven.
Mexico will host Honduras this Thursday in the first of two home World Cup qualifiers as the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF qualifying continues.
El Tri is currently sitting top of the table with 10 points from their previous four matches – three wins and a draw keeping Mexico unbeaten to date – while Honduras is penultimate with four points after a win, a draw, and two losses.
Mexico has the best defensive record in the Hex, with just one goal allowed, while Honduras has allowed nine – with six of those coming in the Catrachos’ lone road game.
The Clausura 2017 champion will be decided on Sunday night when Chivas de Guadalajara hosts Tigres UANL in the decisive second leg of the Gran Final.
Thursday’s first leg finished in a 2-2 draw, which leaves the series delicately balanced. There are no tiebreakers in the Gran Final, so any aggregate draw will send the game to extra time and then penalties if needed; the second leg is therefore a winner-takes-all affair.
The Mexican national team will kick off their busy summer of soccer with a friendly against Croatia on Saturday. The game, to be played in Los Angeles, will serve as a warm-up for both teams ahead of June World Cup qualifiers.
El Tri will look to keep their 2017 winning streak alive, although they will be without a number of players due to the Liga MX final, while Croatia will look to restore some confidence with a good result after a 1-2-1 start to the year, including a 3-0 loss to Estonia in their last game.