FIFA Confederations Cup 2017
Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht, Sochi, Russia
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FT: The result means that Mexico move up to second in Group A on four points, behind Portugal on goal-difference, while Russia drop to third on three points, ahead of New Zealand (still without a point), who bow out of the competition with a remaining group game to be played.
FT: Mexico created some good chances and went close with Peralta testing Marinovic with a header before G. Dos Santos fired over the bar after Aquino had a strike smothered away by Marinovic. Fabián then tested Marinovic from-range before Jiménez levelled the scores with a fine strike. Jiménez then met a corner with a header that Marinovic saved comfortably before the keeper made a good save from a D. Reyes header. Peralta then fired home to put Mexico ahead before Damm surged forward before curling an effort just over the bar despite having support. Damm was then denied by Marinovic at the near-post before Jiménez had a strike cleared on the goal-line by Smith. Damm then forced Marinovic into a good save at his near-post.
FT: New Zealand created some good chances and should have doubled their lead at one stage when Wood was played through on-goal but his effort was smothered away by Talavera before Mexico drew level. Smith then met a throw-in from substitute Tuiloma with a header that Talavera saved well, although he should have scored before Thomas rattled the bar with a fine curling strike.
FT: So Mexico survived an upset to keep their 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup hopes alive.
90’+8′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+7′ The corner comes to nothing as Jiménez is penalised for a foul.
90’+7′ Close!! Damm cuts-inside before firing an effort that Marinovic palms behind at his near-post.
90’+5′ Reyes is booked for his cynical foul, Boxall is booked for his lunging-challenge and Herrera is booked for his reaction to Boxall’s challenge after the referee used the VAR system.
90’+1′ Boxall wins a freekick after a cynical foul from Reyes.
90′ There will be four additional minutes.
88′ Chance!! Aquino pulls the ball back to Jiménez, who looks set to put the tie to bed but his effort is brilliantly blocked on the line by Smith.
86′ Herrera fires an effort over the bar, following a short-corner.
85′ Close!! Jiménez finds Damm, who fires an effort at-goal that Marinovic smothers behind at his near-post.
84′ So close!! Thomas curls an effort from-range that rattles the bar with Talavera well-beaten.
81′ Final New Zealand change sees Monty Patterson replace Ingham.
81′ The corner is cleared before Márquez is penalised for a foul.
80′ Mexico win a corner.
77′ Fabián wins a freekick and is receiving treatment.
75′ Close!! Mexico break before Damm cuts-inside before curling an effort just over the bar. He had support there too.
74′ Chance!! A long-throw from Tuiloma is met by Smith with a header that Talavera saves well, although he should have scored.
73′ Second New Zealand change sees Rojas replaced by
72′ Goal!! Aquino gets the better of Ingham before pulling the ball back to Peralta, who fires home at the near-post.
70′ The corner is taken short before Aquino’s cross is claimed by Marinovic.
70′ Jiménez wins a corner.
68′ The delivery is cleared.
68′ Damm wins a corner.
67′ Final Mexico change sees Rafael Márquez replace Moreno.
63′ The corner is claimed by Talavera, who wins a freekick.
62′ Thomas fires an effort that deflects behind for a corner.
61′ Rojas curls the freekick over the bar.
60′ Tuiloma wins a freekick.
59′ Chance!! Damm does well to send a teasing delivery into path of Reyes, whose header is saved well by Marinovic.
58′ Fabián wins a freekick.
57′ First New Zealand change sees Lewis replaced by Bill Tuiloma.
56′ Chance!! The delivery is met by Jiménez with a header that Marinovic saves with ease.
55′ Aquino wins a corner.
54′ Goal!! Jiménez swivels on the edge of the area before firing a powerful effort past Marinovic and into the top-corner.
53′ Close!! Fabián fires an effort at-goal that Marinovic saves with ease.
52′ Chance!! Wood is played through on-goal and has just Talavera to beat but the keeper smothers the ball away.
52′ Fabián fires an effort over the bar from-range.
49′ Chance!! Aquino fires an effort at-goal from a tight-angle that Marinovic smothers away before Damm’s pull-back is fired over the bar by G. Dos Santos.
47′ Chance!! Damm sends a teasing delivery into the path of Peralta, whose header is tame for Marinovic.
45′ Mexico get the second-half underway.
45′ During the interval Mexico make their second change with Héctor Herrera replacing Alanis.
HT: So will New Zealand hold onto their lead or will Mexico come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: New Zealand have spurned a number of good chances and they may prove to be costly the longer the game remains as it is. They will need to be more clinical in front of goal in order to find further goals and seal a historic victory as they won’t want to rue their missed opportunities. Mexico need a drastic change. They have a number of star players on the bench, who will no doubt be summoned if their performance fails to improve. They have got into some promising positions but their final pass has let them down. They have to make the most of their chances and be at their best defensively as they cannot afford to concede another goal.
HT: Mexico have been considerably poor by their usual standard, despite starting with a weaker side. They haven’t created many chances, their best falling to G. Dos Santos, who headed wide.
HT: The All Whites created some good chances with Smith testing Talavera with a header following a corner before Wood spurned a great chance when he saw his effort saved by Talavera after being played through on-goal. Wood then put the Oceanic Champions ahead with a fine finish after being played through on-goal by Lewis.
HT: So New Zealand have a surprise lead at the break.
45’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45′ There will be three additional minutes.
42′ Goal!! Lewis plays Wood through on-goal and he fires home past Talavera.
37′ Aquino is penalised for a high foot.
36′ Lewis wins a freekick.
34′ Wood is adjudged to have been offside.
32′ First Mexico change sees Héctor Moreno replace the injured Salcedo.
31′ The corner causes havoc and almost falls to Wood, but Peralta clears the danger.
30′ Salcedo departs the field on a stretcher.
27′ Slight delay in the match as Salcedo is down with an injury.
26′ Chance!! Wood is played through on-goal and has just Talavera to beat but his effort is brilliantly palmed away by the keeper. New Zealand win a corner.
25′ Thomas is penalised for a foul on Fabián and receives a yellow card.
23′ The delivery is cleared before Smith is penalised for an apparent handball.
23′ Ingham wins a corner.
19′ Chance!! The delivery is met by Smith with a header that Talavera saves comfortably.
19′ New Zealand win a corner.
18′ Jiménez is penalised for handball.
17′ Salcedo wins a freekick.
16′ The delivery is cleared to Aquino, who fires the ball harmlessly over the bar on the half-volley.
15′ Reyes fires an effort wide from-range via a deflection.
13′ Chance!! Aquino sends a teasing delivery into the path of G. Dos Santos, who heads wide, although he was under-pressure from the high foot of Peralta, who looked to bring the ball down.
11′ Reyes wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Smith.
9′ The delivery is met by Durante, who heads the ball wide.
9′ Salcedo concedes a corner.
8′ Damm wins a freekick.
7′ Ingham is penalised for a foul on G. Dos Santos.
3′ Thomas fires an effort wide from-range.
0′ New Zealand get the game underway.
Mexico: Alfredo Talavera (GK), Oswaldo Alanís, Néstor Araujo, Carlos Salcedo, Javier Aquino, Marco Fabián, Diego Reyes, Giovani Dos Santos, Oribe Peralta, Jürgen Damm, Raúl Jiménez
New Zealand: Stefan Marinovic (GK), Tommy Smith, Andrew Durante, Michael Boxall, Deklan Wynne, Dane Ingham, Michael McGlinchey, Ryan Thomas, Clayton Lewis, Chris Wood, Marco Rojas