FIFA warns Mexico over discriminatory chants at Confed Cup

Vincent De Villiers
Junho 22, 2017

The second round of matches from Group A of the Confederations Cup 2017 is set to kick off on Wednesday as Russian Federation take on Portugal in the first match at Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

Russian Federation go into their last group game against Mexico on Saturday in Kazan knowing that most likely nothing less than a win will be enough to claim a semifinal spot, with the Gold Cup winners widely expected to beat New Zealand in Wednesday's second Group A game. The extremely close back and forth continued until Mexico sealed a 2-2 tie with an extra time header from Hector Moreno. "We could have killed off the match but it didn't happen".

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said it was not the performance he expected from his team. "I would like to say something on behalf of my players. And as for Cristiano, he is one player who is completely motivated to help Portugal, as he has always done", ESPN quoted Pepe as saying.

"New Zealand will be a different team compared to Portugal, but they are a hard team to beat", Osorio said at a press conference. It was a good result at 2-1 but that's football. "We still need to work on our finishing, we're not efficient enough in the final third of the pitch".

Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio is hopeful his side's talent can surprise New Zealand. Ronaldo, 32, is reportedly furious over a tax probe into the offshore accounts dealing with his image rights, and has reportedly vowed to leave Spain.

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He hasn't spoken to the media since returning and USA officials have referred most questions to Warmbier's family. Warmbier is in stable condition at UC Medical Center, where he was taken Tuesday night after his arrival in Ohio.

When they did have to discuss their star player, they kept it general.

Mexico asserted its superiority in the second half against New Zealand to avoid a Confederations Cup embarrassment, coming from behind to win a fiery Group A encounter 2-1 on Wednesday. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless.

"I thought they played some incredible football - they look like a better team now than they did when we faced them back in October". However, Portugal, and Ronaldo, were not to be denied.

The Besiktas winger drew Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and tapped home the opening goal.

Last Sunday's game between Mexico and Portugal may have been the best so far. Mexico's all-time top scorer grabbed his 48th global goal from 93 appearances after some terrible defending by Portugal. With time running out, Southampton rightback Cedric pounced on a loose ball and slammed home Portugal's second goal. The game is set to be a mismatch that Mexico should be able to win by a comfortable margin.

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