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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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!

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    24' - GOAL!

    Mexico 0-1 Russia Aleksandr Samedov

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    RUS XI

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

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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.

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

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