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Russian Federation vs Portugal, FIFA Confederations Cup, live score

A spirited New Zealand side has gone out of the Confederations Cup fighting after a 2-1 loss to Mexico this morning.The Real Madrid star brushed off the tax storm clouding his club future by heading in the only goal in Moscow after just eight minutes to send the Euro 2016 champions above Russian Federation at the top of Group A.Leaders of football teams taking part in the Confederations Cup will be escorted by disabled children in each of the host cities, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi. The lengthy delay was met by bemusement and just one yellow card.Mexico: Talavera Salcedo (Moreno, 33, (Marquez, 68)), Araujo, D. Reyes, Alanis (Herrera, 46) – Jovi. Subs: Tuiloma 6, Barbarouses 6, Patterson n/a.Ronaldo then had his second chance of the game, making his way into the penalty area from the right-hand side, jinked past Viktor Vasin before his shot was smartly saved by Akinfeev. He seemed to pull out of the attempt in fear of a stray boot.While All Whites coach Anthony Hudson understandably said he was disappointed with the defeat against Russian Federation, he was pleased with his side’s commitment – and he will expect nothing less when the team line up against Gold Cup winners Mexico at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium. It took a poor Mexico lapse in the back, but Clayton Lewis pounced and delivered a through ball to Wood, who clinically finished his wide-open chance to make it 1-0 in the 42nd minute.Wednesday’s match was marred by a number of ugly incidents including a brawl near the end of the match as New Zealand were pressing for an equaliser. Javier Aquino and Marco Fabian combined to set up Raul Jimenez to strike on the turn into the top corner. But Mexico are the masters of holding the ball – weaving their intricate triangles across the pitch – and managed 60 per cent possession in their 2-2 against European champions Portugal.New Zealand went agonisingly close to leveling matters in the 84th minute when Ryan Thomas rattled the upright with a curling effort from the edge of the box.Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has apologised after television cameras caught him using an expletive during Wednesday’s ill-tempered Confederations Cup match against New Zealand.After the game, Portugal’s 32-year-old captain Ronaldo was awarded the trophy of the match’s best player. New Zealand’s hopes of a first-ever victory in its fourth appearance at the World Cup warm-up tournament were thwarted nine minutes into the second half.