Mexico vs. New Zealand in Confederations Cup

We want results, not lessons - no fear for Hudson's New Zealand

Both Boxall and Reyes, as well as New Zealand midfielder Ryan Thomas, were all given yellow cards for their part in the incident before Mexico went on to win 2-1.

Ronaldo's goal was the highlight of the first period, although he forced Akinfeev into a save from point-blank range with a shot midway through the half.

Mexico equalised in the 54th minute when the Mexican frontline combined to set up a great play to find Raul Jiminez who fired home to bring the match back on to level terms before Peralta then hit the victor in the 72nd minute from a Javier Aquino pass to ensure that Mexico lead group A in the tournament ahead of Portugal.

Early in the second-half André Silva, the striker who AC Milan recently signed from FC Porto for €38m, so almost made it two.

The first game of the Confederations Cup was between the hosts Russian Federation and New Zealand.

A horribly played first half on Wednesday could have been enough to doom Mexico's chances at the Confederation Cup.

Striker Oribe Peralta hit Mexico's victor in their 2-1 comeback victory over New Zealand on Wednesday to leave them on the verge of the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

The player warned: "We know the chant is not about offending anyone, but there are people that see it like that and we could be affected". "We have a new team and it is in the process of development. They deserve a lot more out of tonight", Hudson said.

The spark was Chris Wood striking at goal while Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo was down injured after his left shoulder was hurt in an off-the-ball tangle with the striker.

Ronaldo nearly doubled the lead when he found space inside the box, but his shot was kept out by Igor Akinfeev in goal in the 16th minute.

With the Kiwis' tails up, Wood could have grabbed a second when he again got in behind the defence, but failed to control the ball as they took a one-goal lead into the break.

And Peralta hit the victor in the 72nd minute when Aquino pulled the ball back for the 33-year-old to find the net.

Mexico had problems at times with Portugal in the opener, but were always able to muster a response. Portugal's first goal was accepted and later on rejected after the video assistant referees had reviewed it.



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