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Mexico come from behind to beat New Zealand — FIFA Confederations Cup

Mexico’s Oribe Peralta celebrates after scoring his side’s second 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.”As you know, FIFA is very serious about the chanting that we do when the goalkeeper takes a kick, and the possible sanctions are serious”, the federation said.One major drawback in the game for Portugal was their young left back Raphael guerreiro was left injured in the second half near the one hour mark and had to be substituted to prevent further damage.Russian Federation did start to commit more men forward in the second half, and played with a lot more objective as Portugal’s 1-0 lead did start to look a bit precarious.”I think we paid the price there for backing off them a little and giving them too much time, that was the disappointing part”, he added. “The coach wants everyone working the same way”.Although Ronaldo received the vote of the crowd, most observers would argue Bernardo Silva was the game’s stand-out player.”I was set free”, he told FIFA.com.Silva did not feature at Euro 2016 but is now a key component of a fluid midfield also containing William Carvalho, Adrien Silva and Andre Gomes.Last Sunday’s game between Mexico and Portugal may have been the best so far.”Tonight we showed if we start the game properly we are a good team and can cause big teams problems”. It is Portugal and Chile are the teams who look most intent on winning this competition – with the South Americans having brought 2,000 supporters with them.Mexico equalised in the 54th minute when the Mexican frontline combined to set up a great play to find Raul Jiminez who fired home to bring the match back on to level terms before Peralta then hit the victor in the 72nd minute from a Javier Aquino pass to ensure that Mexico lead group A in the tournament ahead of Portugal.After roaring from behind in the second half, Mexico probably deserved to win the match as their coach Juan Carlos Osorio surmised.Wednesday’s games put Mexico and Portugal in the driver’s seat in the Group A battle to reach the semifinals.New Zealand eventually broke the deadlock just before the halftime break as Clayton Lewis played in Wood, who calmly slotted past Talavera.- The All Whites have lost each of their last four games in all competitions, their worst run since 2003 to 2004, when they lost five on the bounce.Ronaldo’s header against Russian Federation marks his 74th goal for Portugal. I’d rather talk about how my team performed and really a performance that I guarantee no one at this tournament expected.