FIFA warns Mexico over discriminatory chants at Confed Cup

This will be the third Confederations Cup match between two UEFA countries, after France's 3-2 victory against Turkey in the 2003 semi-final and the goalless draw between Spain and Italy in the 2013 semifinal (Spain won 7-6 on penalties).

The FIFA Player of the Year, who had scored 11 goals in seven games coming into Sunday's encounter, was perhaps not as influential as usual but was still named man-of-the-match. Raphael Guerreiro miskicked a cross into the box, allowing Carlos Vela to play the ball back in for Hernandez to score.

It was a miserable start for the Russian skipper, who was making his 100th worldwide appearance.

Akinfeev, who earned his 100th cap on Wednesday, kept Russian Federation within a goal in the 51st minute with a sensational reaction save, denying Andre Silva's point-blank header.

Meanwhile, no games are scheduled for today, June 20, but the matches will resume tomorrow, June 21, with the host country Russian Federation taking on Portugal in the Group A category.

In a potential blow for Dortmund, Guerreiro was stretchered off in the second period. "We suspect a possible ankle fracture".

Tensions first erupted in the first half when Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio swore at the New Zealand coaching staff.

Referee Bakary Gassama consulted the video assistant referee before issuing three yellow cards to Reyes, Herrera and Boxall.

The root of the animosity lay in the first half.

Leeds striker, Chris Wood who was played through on goal struck a powerful shot that beat Alfredo Talavera in goal for Mexico. Before that, in all the matches without exception, the Mexican team took the victory.

While there has been criticism of New Zealand's one-dimensional tactics, Smith changed his tune about their performance after watching a replay.

Jimenez and Peralta both found the net as Mexico turned the tie and held their narrow lead.

Ronaldo leapt high to plant an eighth-minute header past Igor Akinfeev and win it for the European champions, who, along with Mexico, are now in pole position to make the last four from Group A.

Ronaldo, making his 141st appearance, needed eight minutes to make his mark, although the opening goal was far from all his own work.

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