Mexico come from behind to beat New Zealand 2-1
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 10:30
Russian Federation are unbeaten in each of their four previous home games against Portugal (W3 D1), keeping a clean sheet in each of those matches.
Portugal play hosts Russian Federation in Moscow on Wednesday night in what now looks to be a crucial game in Group A.
However, the hosts did not score, but earned two yellow cards in addition to the one from the first half, and 0-1 remained flashing on the scoreboard in favor of Portugal as the final whistle signaled the end of the game.
Salcedo was stretchered off with a shoulder injury but the Mexicans had clearly been rattled and as the half drew to a close, the Kiwis finally got reward for their impressive first half endeavours.
The Real Madrid star has taken centre stage amid accusations of tax fraud and fresh transfer speculation which overshadowed the Euro 2016 winners' opening Group A match in Kazan, where a stoppage-time header from defender Hector Moreno earned Mexico a 2-2 draw.
"He was hospitalised and we think he broke his leg", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. "But we were better, we had more chances", he said.
The hosts pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages of the second but were unable to bypass the Portugal defence.
Defender Georgy Dzhikiya headed narrowly over the bar from the game's final corner in added time.
Russian Federation will challenge Portugal at 10:30 a.m. ET in the first match of the day, live on Telemundo and via live stream on TelemundoDeportes.com and the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app. Sammy Sadovnik calling the match with the analysis of Copán Álvarez.
"If I was a big team in world football and we were taken right to the edge by a smaller team like New Zealand there's a certain amount of discomfort there and big pressure", he said.
New Zealand had the better of the first half on Wednesday at the Fisht Stadium in Socchi, Russia and went 1-0 up thanks to a nice goal from Chris Wood.
"Everyone is incredibly disappointed in the changing room and we feel we should have got more", said Hudson.
But the 17th-ranked Mexican outfit were always going to come hard in an action-packed second spell and they levelled nine minutes after the restart before eventually scoring the winning goal in the 72nd-minute. A poor defensive clearance from Nestor Araujo led to Clayton Lewis slipping a slick pass through for Wood to finish with a first-time, right-footed strike past Talavera from 12 yards.
Oribe Peralta netted the victor 18 minutes before time and New Zealand pressed hard for an equaliser, with Ryan Thomas rattling the crossbar as the clock ticked down.