Host Russia exits Confederations Cup after loss to Mexico

Russian Federation were knocked out after losing 2-1 to Mexico in Kazan, another setback for the hosts of next year's World Cup who have recently become accustomed to early exits from worldwide tournaments.

"I helped the team, I scored the opening goal and I had a few more chances", Ronaldo said.

"I think this a flawless scenario for Mexican football".

"I am proud of what my team did, it's normal to have to suffer at this level, but we deserved to win".

"We have decided what we want to do and we will continue with our posture, our position, objective game by game, but always trusting that we will win".

Mexico is heading to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup, while Russian Federation have been eliminated. "We competed very well and we're building a team that keeps on showing that it has the ability and determination to give as good as it gets against any side".

They also went on to lose their second game in the competition on Thursday night as Mexico beat them by a 2-1 scoreline amid ugly scenes.

Mexico faced host nations in the last two World Cups, drawing with South Africa in 2010 and with Brazil in 2014.

However, he was all smiles, escorting a young mascot in a wheelchair onto the Moscow pitch before netting his first Confederations Cup goal.

"The third match is the decisive match, we will prepare for it as such". We played in a stadium of more than 40,000 and against the hosts. "We know that in the semifinals both Chile and Germany are great teams, but we are confident".

For Russia, anything but a victory will mean an early exit from its home tournament, although advancing was already seen as a hard task in a group with Mexico and Portugal. We have to be better and more consistent, stronger in both ways. We are the only country that is not the champion of its respective continent. If you remove Cristiano, they will still remain a side with a lot of high-quality players.

Speaking ahead of the match against New Zealand in St Petersburg, Santos chuckled his way though a question from a Brazilian journalist asking whether his team were now better to watch before delivering a withering riposte.

Star striker Javier Hernandez, left out against New Zealand, is expected to start while Osorio must replace the injured Carlos Salcedo and Hector Moreno in defence. This was his second Man-of-the-Match performance following last Sunday's 2-2 draw with Mexico.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio (left) is restrained following a brawl on Wednesday.

Guardado said he was glad that Mexican fans have stopped homophobic chants that prompted a warning by Federation Internationale de Football Association. People say that Mexico play to their opposition, but it's getting a little ridiculous. "Yes, Portugal is a world class side but we will play for the result", Hudson said.

  • Leroy Wright