Southampton's Cedric Soares 'Very Happy' After Scoring First Portugal Goal Against Mexico

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This Wednesday, June 21, 2017 (11:00 AM Pacific) Mexico will play New Zealand at the Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht in Sochi, Russia for a group stage match in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Osorio will hope that taking the attacking initiative gives his team the win they desperately need to improve their chances of progressing before going into a tough final group match against hosts Russian Federation.

New Zealand were shell-shocked - they were the better team for long periods of the game, and yet now found themselves behind.

While Russia had more of the ball in the second half and pushed forward with regularity, they created nothing of outcome.

The Portuguese camp had insisted ahead of this game that their skipper was focused exclusively on matters on the field in Russian Federation despite the speculation surrounding his future at Real. The World No 95 are well aware they are the smallest team at this tournament and no one expects much from them.

"As you know, FIFA is very serious about the chanting that we do when the goalkeeper takes a kick, and the possible sanctions are serious", the federation said. But there is still belief. I think that the difference between these teams is more than obvious.

The global football tournament, which runs until 2 July, is seen as a prelude to the 2018 World Cup.

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New Zealand competed well, put their more fancied rivals under pressure and probably deserved more from the game. "We must be ready for them".

"The game was rough, nearly violent on occasion, so I lost my temper". I'd rather talk about how my team performed and really a performance that I guarantee no one at this tournament expected. "This is a massive game for us".

The anti-gay abuse was heard during Mexico's opening game against Portugal in Kazan, Russia, on Sunday, despite Federation Internationale de Football Association warning on the eve of the tournament that there would be tighter monitoring of offensive incidents in stadiums.

"What we are trying to achieve is that the chant could be eradicated from the stadiums where Mexico plays all over the world", he said. It could have gone either way. Last friendly match was held in October 2016, 2: 1 in favor of "Aztec".

Russia, a relatively young side, will be playing in front of their home supporters so they will come out and play with a lot of energy.

The Lusitanians obviously dominated the first half of the game and statistics showed that the Portuguese side packed 62% of ball possession time in the opening 45 minutes of the game.