Mexico Stun Hosts Russia To Book Semi-Final Spot
FIFA Confederations Cup Report: Mexico v Russia 24 June 2017
FIFA Confederations Cup
Result: Mexico 2-1 Russia
Date: 24 June 2017
Venue: Kazan Arena
Mexico have progressed to the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup after claiming a 2-1 win over hosts Russia in their final group game.
The hosts carved out the first chance of the game in the 12th minute when Yuri Zhirkov fired just wide of Guillermo Ochoa's upright from the edge of the box.
The deadlock was eventually broken in the 25th minute when Alexandr Erokhin lifted the ball into the box, where Alexandr Samedov was on hand to side-foot past Ochoa.
The Mexicans leveled matters five minutes later when as Nestro Araujo got on the end of Hector Herrera's long pass and sent a looping header.
Mexico then suffered a blow in the 39th minute when Diego Reyes was forced off with an injury. He was replaced by Luis Reyes.
The score remained 1-1 at the halftime break.
Mexico then took the lead after 58 minutes when as Russia's Roman Akinfeev misjudged the ball, allowing Hirving Lozano to head home from the edge of the box, 2-1.
The hosts were then reduced to 10 men in the 68th minute when Zhrikov was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Russia nearly leveled matters five minutes later but Smolnikov managed to send his close-range volley over the crossbar.
Despite being a man down, the Russians continued to push for an equaliser in the closing stages of the second half.
However, Mexico managed to hold out until the final whistle to seal second spot in Group A behind Portugal.