FIFA warns Mexico over 'insulting' chants at Confederations Cup in Russia
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 8:57
Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon. We don't want to be fearful or negative or sit back and allow Mexico to do what they want.
New Zealand and Mexico have met in seven A Internationals with the All Whites winning once in 1980 in Auckland (4-0) and drawing once in 1999 in Egypt (1-1).
Mexico played their first global match in 1923 against Guatemala and were defeated 3-2.
Mexico asserted its superiority in the second half against New Zealand to avoid a Confederations Cup embarrassment on Wednesday, coming from behind to win a fiery Group A encounter 2-1 that ended in a brawl.
"I was happy to have scored, but sad about the result", said Quaresma. We are going to be positive. El Tri managed to dig itself out its first-half hole in the end, but better teams than 95th-ranked New Zealand won't leave Mexico standing. "They scored in the last few minutes and now we think of the next game". That made it stronger, but they also had less to deal with, as the Mexicans looked to play out from the back, and build their way forward with their passing game.
It resulted in a double chance as Javier Aquino forced New Zealand keeper Stefan Marinovic into a left-handed save, before Giovani dos Santos fired over.
"We came into this tournament with so much hope", said Hudson.
Portugal, the reigning European champions, will start with the slight edge, but if they go into the game overconfident they could very lose.
Mexico's all-time top scorer grabbed his 48th worldwide goal from 93 appearances after some terrible defending by Portugal.
The Portugal captain's refusal to take questions was raised with coach Fernando Santos, who was dismissive of the inquiries from the media.
This summer's Confederations Cup is all about opportunities for Mexico. As Group A leaders, the Russians will let the Portuguese take the initiative and try to make them pay for any defensive errors.
Their 5-3-2 system enables them to defend with numbers and as they look to stifle Cristiano Ronaldo and co, they will have to hit the Iberians on counters as possession will be hard to come by on Thursday.