Federation Internationale de Football Association warns Mexico over discriminatory chants at Confed Cup

Posted June 22, 2017

We have your opponent penaltist - Cristiano Ronaldo.

"The fact the leader of the country came to the match is on the one hand an additional positive, but it is also an additional responsibility", Russian Federation manager Stanislav Cherchesov, whose team face Portugal on Wednesday, told reporters. It's the first time Portugal plays in it, so it is a privilege for us all to be here. "Our players and myself were shouting to stop the game but there was no reaction on the side. But we were better, we had more chances", he said. He has been accused by Spanish authorities of evading 14.7 million euros ($16.5m) in tax and has been summoned to appear in court next month in Madrid.

"We have a very, very good team, we have some good players in our team and the objective for us is to do something significant", he told reporters on Friday.

Raphael Guerreiro's towering cross from the left flank hung in the air and found Ronaldo, who rose at the far post to head back across Igor Akinfeev.

"It's going to be very hard, but we have players who are very capable and are highly motivated".

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After an explosive opening period, the second was a much tamer affair as both teams squandered half chances as the tempo dropped.

Oribe Peralta scored a dramatic victor as Mexico came from behind to defeat New Zealand 2-1 in Sochi and move top of Confederations Cup Group A.

Portugal's Raphael Guerreiro, center, leaves the field after injuring during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Russian Federation and Portugal, at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

The game will mark the seventh-ever meeting between New Zealand and Mexico, with El Tri winning all five of the confrontations since the start of 2010, and New Zealand earning their lone victory in the initial meeting between the sides - 37 years ago, in 1980.

"We coped with the task before us", Cherchesov said. "We know they are strong but we have no fear of them".

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New Zealand's Chris Wood, right, scores a goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and New Zealand, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

"Everyone is incredibly disappointed in the changing room and we feel we should have got more", said Hudson.

New Zealand were not to be denied, though, taking the lead three minutes before the break.

Goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, who faces a busy night against the likes of ex-Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, believes New Zealand can pull off an upset.

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