Mexico vs. Russia in Confederations Cup: Live Updates, Score and Reaction


3:00pm UTC Jun 24, 2017Kazan, Russia
Karl Matchett

Mexico face off against host nation Russia with a place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup on the line. Juan Carlos Osorio’s Mexico sit top of the table on four points and know that anything but a defeat will carry them into the last four. For Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov, the equation is simple: Win or they are out. It’s been a slow burner of a tournament so far, but this winner-take-all encounter in Kazan could spark it into life.

  1. June 24, 2017
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    Mexico 2-1 Russia (FT)

    Aleksandr Samedov 24', Nestor Araujo 31', Hirving Lozano 52'. Sent off: Yuri Zhirkov 68'.

    Lineups: MEX—Ochoa, Araujo, Reyes, Moreno, Layun, Herrera, Guardado, J. dos Santos, Lozano, Vela, Hernandez.

    RUS—Akinfeev, Vasin, Dzhikya, Glushakov, Smolov, Bukharov, Kudriashov, Golovin, Zhirkov, Samedov, Erokhin.

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    It's all over for the hosts, and it'll be a big disappointment to them—still much to do ahead of next year's World Cup.

    That's it for today. Thanks for joining us, and see you next time!


    #ConfedCup FT scores: Mexico 2-1 Russia New Zealand 0-4 Portugal 🇵🇹 and 🇲🇽 are through to the semis!

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    Mexico 2-1 Russia

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  6. June 24, 2017
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    It's 4-0 to Portugal now. They'll top the group. Mexico moments away from joining them in the semis, against the other group winners.

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    Injury time

    Three minutes added on

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    Mexico dominant, confident in possession, easily moving the ball around. Russia half-heartedly chasing—this game was over the moment Zhirkov got himself sent-off.

    US Soccer Feed @ussoccerfeed

    Mexico may be the only team in the world who could play a game in Russia against Russia and be the beneficiary of questionable calls.

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    Reyes shoots after a lay-off from Hernandez, but it's blocked and spins to Akinfeev easily. Final minutes of the hosts being in their own tournament, now.

    RussianFootballNews @RusFootballNews

    Steady trickle of fans heading towards the exits.

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    Smolnikov tries to bundle his way into the box, but Ochoa is out again to smother. Mexico almost there now. They'll finish as runners-up.

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    Mexico in control here. Portugal are 3-0 up, meanwhile, against New Zealand.

    Jose de Jesus Ortiz @OrtizKicks

    I realize a tie is enough for Mexico to advance, but I don't like how they are killing this game. They are too eager going for a third goal.

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    Into the last 15 minutes we go. Reyes strikes one from range, but it's always curling away.

    RUS sub: Smolov off, Kanunnikov on

    RussianFootballNews @RusFootballNews

    Attendance is 41,585.

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    Russia need a goal in the next few minutes. They're playing up-tempo football, but they really needed that Smolnikov effort to go in.

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    Russia all over the place now. Yashin is booked for a reckless tackle, Lozano almost squares for a tap-in for Mexico and then Smolnikov attacks the far post at the other end—and puts it over from five yards out. Sitter.

    Karl Matchett @karlmatchett

    Zhirkov's game: 🏊 dive in the area 🤸‍♂️ makes tackle like this on Vela's chest 🏊 opts for another dive 💪 elbow to the face 🔴 impact #MEXRUS

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    68 - RED CARD!

    Zhirkov sent-off for Russia—throws an elbow straight into the face of his opponent on an aerial challenge!

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    Midway through the second half. Not looking as though Russia have the cutting edge to break down Mexico often enough here.

    #ConfedCup @FIFAcom

    📸PHOTO Hirving Lozano celebrates putting 🇲🇽Mexico into the lead against 🇷🇺Russia #ConfedCup #MEXRUS

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    Yellow card for Kudriashov for a foul on Hernandez from behind. RUS sub: Bukharov off, Poloz on

    RussianFootballNews @RusFootballNews

    Russia had looked a shambles since that second goal. Hopefully, the hope of Mexico's disallowed third gives them the kick they need.

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    Cancel That Celebration - No Goal!

    Moreno comes in at the back post and buries his finish; everyone starts to head back to the halfway line but the VAR calls for a replay...and it's overruled as a result! Correct call—he was offside. Still 2-1!

    LeanderAlphabet @LeanderAlphabet

    Is anyone still wondering why the once-hyped Igor Akinfeev never left the Russian league?

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    59' - GOAL!

    Mexico 3-1 Russia Hector Moreno

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    Erokhin bends one from the edge of the box, around the defender...but wide of the far post.

    Unexpected Goals @unexpectedgoals

    Russia don’t often look like being able to score three…to get two more today & not make another defensive error is near-impossible. #MEXRUS

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    So a little over half an hour still to play, but Russia need two goals to go through—and not concede again. A big ask.

    ITV Football @itvfootball

    GOAL! Mexico lead through a bizarre goal! Watch live right here

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    Mexico Ahead!

    Shocker from Russia at the back; a thundered clearance from Mexico's own half is bouncing toward the keeper, but Akinfeev mis-judges it and Lozano nips in to head home, getting clattered in the process, from the edge of the box!

    Tom Marshall @mexicoworldcup

    Love that slo-motion shot of Lozano getting kicked and dropping to the floor smiling as he sees the ball hit the back of the net. #eltrieng

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    52' - GOAL!

    Mexico 2-1 Russia Hirving Lozano

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    Russia still need a goal today. They have to win, or they're out.

    Cesar Hernandez @cesarhfutbol

    Intense and fun game between Mexico and Russia. Believe Russia has been slightly better through its pressure against El Tri. #ElTriEng

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    Almost the perfect start for Russia, but the flag is up as Samedov puts the ball into the net for the second time today. Correctly called.

    RussianFootballNews @RusFootballNews

    Samedov puts the ball in the net but is flagged offside. Bukharov dummied it for him. If the Rostov man had had the shot, he was onside.

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    Second half

    We're back underway.

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    A good start from Russia was quickly cancelled out by conceding an equaliser five minutes after scoring. Russia must win, so they've got it all to do again after the break.

    RussianFootballNews @RusFootballNews

    Bukharov been unable to get into the game. Wouldn't surprise me if we saw Poloz quite early in the second half.

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    Mexico 1-1 Russia

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    Injury time

    One minute added on

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    A tame free-kick from Herrera is easily saved by Akinfeev. Layun has moved to right-back for Mexico, with Luis Reyes on the left.

    ITV Football @itvfootball

    This was Mexico's equaliser - a looping header from Araujo Currently Mexico 1-1 Russia - watch it live right here

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    MEX sub

    Luis Reyes for Diego Reyes

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    Half a chance for Russia, but Erokhin was off-balance when shaping to shoot. Portugal now lead 2-0. Think we can safely say that one's done. Meanwhile, Diego Reyes is down injured for Mexico.

    RussianFootballNews @RusFootballNews

    Erokhin blazes over. Sliding challenge from Moreno was enough to put him off.

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    Portugal now lead New Zealand 1-0, so it's back to Portugal top, Mexico second in the group. Russia have to go again.

    Alexi Lalas @AlexiLalas

    And the “new” mentality of #ElTri responds. 1-1 #CeroExcusas

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    Mexico back on terms; a cross from the left is met by Araujo and his header is superb, finding the far top corner. It's 1-1.

    Tom Marshall @mexicoworldcup

    GOooooo Mexico. Sweet pass in and Araujo with a looping header. Kazan Arena goes temporarily quiet. #eltrieng

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    31' - GOAL!

    Mexico 1-1 Russia Nestor Araujo

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    Guardado rattles in a free-kick and it's on target—but Akinfeev gets there to save!

    Mark Ogden @MarkOgden_

    VAR shambles in Kazan. Smolov goes down, ref plays on for a minute. Assistant ref calls him over, VAR reviewed. No pen, play on...!

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    Meanwhile, it's still New Zealand 0-0 Portugal. As it stands, Portugal and Russia go through.

    ITV Football @itvfootball

    Ronaldo hits the bar! Watch #NZLPOR on @ITV4 right now!

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    Opening Goal!

    A deserved strike for Russia. Smolov lashes a shot in that hits the post, they keep it alive on the rebound, and Samedov side-foots home from the right side of the box. It's 1-0!

    #ConfedCup @FIFAcom

    #ConfedCup | GOAL! 🇲🇽0-1🇷🇺 ⚽️Alexander Samedov (25') Follow ➡️ #MEXRUS

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    24' - GOAL!

    Mexico 0-1 Russia Aleksandr Samedov

    RussianFootballNews @RusFootballNews

    Despite Mexico having the majority of possession so far, Russia have looked decent and are clearly fired up.

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    Bukharov tries to break through down the left channel, but Ochoa races out to catch the bouncing ball. Still Russia with plenty of offensive play, but no clear shots.

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    VAR Decision...

    Nothing given! The ref resumes with a drop-ball. That's pretty bizarre.

    Gabriele Marcotti @Marcotti

    That's two penalty appeals for Russia against Mexico... and we're less than twenty in... first was dubious... now we got some VAR...

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    Smolov goes down in the box—nothing given! He did appear to be pushed. One minute later the ball is out of play and the ref blows—he's going to the VAR! This was a good minute after the event, it must be said.

    Futbolgrad @FutbolgradLive

    15. Minute Mexico have 62% possession. #MEXRUS

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    Guardado now goes into the book for a late challenge, and that means he's suspended for the semi-finals if Mexico get there.

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    A half-chance for Zhirkov now, but he drags his effort wide of the far post. It's good stuff from Russia so far: very positive play compared to their last match.

    Karl Matchett @karlmatchett

    So Zhirkov has just been yellow-carded for a studs-up challenge in mid-air...on Vela's chest. A minute after potentially diving in the box.

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    Yellow card for Zhirkov for a high foot into Vela's chest.

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    Lozano beats his man and shoots low—saved by Akinfeev. At the other end Zhirkov gets into the box and goes down—no penalty given! Russia unimpressed.


    No shortage of support for El Tri in Kazan. #MEXRUS

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    Positive start for Russia, looking to get the ball forward at every opportunity. No chances yet, but they've got the fans onside.

    RussianFootballNews @RusFootballNews

    A Mexican wave has already happened. Started by Russian fans. #MEXRUS

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    We're underway in Kazan, and will keep you up to date from New Zealand vs Portugal in this group, too.

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    Both anthems are done, the handshakes are next—and then it's kick-off. Everything to play for.

    #ConfedCup @FIFAcom

    📸🇲🇽🇷🇺 #ConfedCup #MEXRUS

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    20 Mins to KO

    Pressure time for the hosts. They've not been tremendously impressive, but reaching the semis would turn everything around and provide a boost ahead of the World Cup.

    #ConfedCup @FIFAcom

    🏟️😍 Kazan Arena ahead of #MEXRUS #ConfedCup

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    35 Mins to Kick-off

    A draw is good enough to guarantee Mexico passage to the semis. Russia need a win, or they go out.

    Cesar Hernandez @cesarhfutbol

    Mexico going with a 4-3-3 today. Will probably look more like a 3-4-3 with the way Layun pressures the left wing. #ElTriEng

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    RUS XI

    The hosts need a win, and start with Fedor Smolov up front.

    Сборная России @TeamRussia

    Squad of @TeamRussia #MEXRUS

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    MEX XI

    Hirving Lozano comes in for Mexico as they bid to seal a semi-final spot. Javier Hernandez is the starting striker.

    Selección Nacional @miseleccionmx

    🚨 ALINEACIÓN LISTA 🚨 XI Inicial presentado por @MovistarMX: #PasiónQueConecta | #SomosMéxico

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    Confederations Cup

    Afternoon, folks! It's crunch time in the group stage, and we've got Mexico vs. Russia. Team news next.

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    B/R Experts: Confederations Cup Predictions

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  57. June 23, 2017
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    Mexico vs. Russia: All You Need to Know

    Mexico vs. Russia: All You Need to Know
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