- Mexico advance to the semi-finals after win over ten-man Russia
- El Tri finish runners-up behind Group A winners Portugal
- Relive: As it happened, stats and more
Mexico are in the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 after earning a 2-1 victory over ten-man Russia in front of a full attendance of 41,585 in Kazan on Saturday evening.
After Nestor Araujo cancelled out Alexander Samedov’s opening goal for the hosts in the first half, Hirving Lozano headed home Mexico’s winner early in the second half to ensure the CONCACAF champions advanced as runners-up behind Group A winners Portugal.
Despite their best efforts, defeat for Russia at the Kazan Arena meant they could not reach the last four at the Tournament of Champions. The host nation also finished Saturday’s match with ten men after Yury Zhirkov was sent off in the second half. Mexico's second-placed finish means they will face the winner of Group B in their semi-final in Sochi on Thursday 29 June.
*FIFA.com team reporter analysis *"In the end, Mexico deserved the victory. After a tense first half, in which they conceded the first goal and looked nervous at times, El Tri composed themselves after the equaliser by Araujo and managed to impose their possession-based style of play in the second half."
Martin Langer, Mexico team reporter
"This was a very disappointing game for Russia when they needed to get a result. Before the game, Mexico were considered favourites by a small margin, and though the CONCACAF champions played better in the first half, Russia showed plenty of heart. If the hosts had converted their chances and avoided mistakes like the one that gave Mexico their match winner, they could have made their fans happy. But there are no ‘ifs’ in football and Mexico fully deserved this result."*
Igor Borunov, Russia team reporter*
Budweiser Man of the Match *An emerging talent with *El Tri, **Hirving Lozano showed he can be brave, as well as a real attacking threat, in scoring Mexico’s winning goal against Russia on Saturday.
* The stat *5 is the number of goals that Mexico have scored against Russia in 13 all-time meetings between both teams. It is also El Tri’s first pair of goals against the Russians in a competitive match.