Portugal Prepare For New Zealand Clash After Beating Russia

Portugal Prepare For New Zealand Clash After Beating Russia”

The Mexican football coach Juan Carlos Osorio has apologised after television cameras caught him using an expletive during yesterday's ill-tempered Confederations Cup match against New Zealand.

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson had vowed they would bounce back after Saturday's opening 2-0 defeat by Russian Federation and his team were true to his word.

Meanwhile, goals from Oribe Peralta and Raul Jiminez eliminated New Zealand from the competition after the Kiwis took a surprising first half lead when Clayton Lewis pass cut through the Mexican defence to find Chris Wood who calmly netted the ball in the 42nd minute.

Mexico brought on Hector Herrera after the interval and piled on the pressure early in the second half, Giovani firing over from a glorious chance after a move that had seen Javier Aquino impressively denied by Stefan Marinovic's sharp save. "We have four points and we have to congratulate the team". I'm happy we played the football we know that we can play. "And we deserve to go out on the field and do well". Both sides have 4 points after two games, and both would be guaranteed to progress with just a draw in their final group stage match.

There's no word on how bad the injury is but it seems the 23-year-old could be out for the remainder of the tournament. New Zealand retreated to their goal and read a number of times was near the opposition penalty area.

Early physicality and pressing seemed to rattle the Mexicans, who couldn't prevent New Zealand creating several chances through neat build-up play. But we managed to get our act together for most part of the match. Playing against them is a hard situation in itself.

"We are extremely confident", said Osorio.

Once he put one of those players, Herrera, on and had Reyes slide back into a role he's more comfortable with, things went much better for Mexico.

The hosts first threatened late in the first half when Aleksandr Golovin reached Fedor Smolov with a low cross from the right, only for the Krasnodar star to aim his left-footed effort well wide of the Portugal goal.

"I am proud of what my team did, it's normal to have to suffer at this level, but we deserved to win", said Osorio. "That's unacceptable and why I lost my temper", he said. "Obviously, rotation will take place, that I can tell you". "The game was rough, nearly violent on occasion, so I lost my temper".

Teams who voluntarily kicked the ball out also got a raw deal because the ball would be returned to them deep in their own half rather than where play stopped.

"One of the best things about this attractive game is everybody understands football but games are something completely different".

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