Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Juan Carlos Osorio hails Mexico's 'resilience' in defeat of hosts Russian Federation

Juan Carlos Osorio hails Mexico's 'resilience' in defeat of hosts Russian Federation

A solo effort from Andre Silva, his eighth goal in 11 appearances, in the 80th minute and a stoppage-time goal from substitute Nani completed the scoring. A clever defender with a mean streak, Portugal's defense is anchored on Pepe, the Real Madrid central defender who has been at the heart of the team's back line for the past decade.

"We played very well, we wanted to win and get the result in the first half, (but) it was hard to play better than we played because the grass (on the pitch) was not very good".

"Overall, there were some really positive signs in the game", he said.

The host nation was beaten 2-1 by Mexico in Kazan, ensuring that it finished behind El Tri and Portugal in Group A and therefore missed out on a semifinal spot.

Russian Federation went ahead though as Smolov hit the post, with Aleksandr Erokhin knocking the rebound to Samedov who drilled past Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

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Slowly but surely, Portugal began to gain control of the contest but it took until the 24th minute for Ronaldo to force a stop out of Stefan Marinovic with a header at the near post.

The lead was quickly doubled when Bernardo Silva slotted home on 37 minutes after getting on the end of Eliseu's low driven cross, although the winger was injured in the process and later replaced.

Ronaldo was denied three times with headers by Marinovic, who made eight saves and used his big body to block second-half shots by Silva and Nani.

Portugal booked their place in the Confederations Cup semifinals with a comfortable 4-0 win over New Zealand at Saint Petersburg Stadium. The defender headed the ball into the opposite corner, over Akinfeev.

Mexico struck back five minutes later on a Nestor Araujo header, with Lozano's match victor coming seven minutes into the second half.

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However, their lead only lasted for five minutes before Nestor Araujo equalised with a deft header that looked suspiciously like an attempted lay-off - something our team reporters are sure to ask him about!

Mexico also advanced by beating host Russian Federation 2-1 in Kazan on Saturday.

Although Saudi Arabian referee Fahad Al Mirdasi bizarrely referred the incident to be reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) a couple of minutes after the event, he then kept his original decision not to award a foul.

Russia's Aleksandr Erokhin reacts during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and Russia, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017. "Life will go on, this is sport and I am convinced he will remain on the national team and make his fans happy".

"I'm confident that all the players who've taken part in the tournament will draw on the experience to develop and mature", he said.

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