Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Hirving Lozano seals Mexico win to send Russian Federation out of Confederations Cup

Hirving Lozano seals Mexico win to send Russian Federation out of Confederations Cup

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, is challenged by New Zealand's Michael Boxall during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal, at the St. Petersburg Stadium, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

The hosts of the 2018 World cup crashed out after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Mexico.

The lead was short-lived, however, with Mexico swiftly equalising through a Nestor Araujo header, the centre-back directing a header past Russia's goalkeeper Akinfeev, although he did not seem to be going for goal.

Igor Akinfeev was then left embarrassed as Lozano nipped in front of the Russian Federation goalkeeper to head in from the edge of the area on 52 minutes after a towering clearance caused chaos in the home defense.

Moreno then side-footed past Akinfeev but VAR saw his goal disallowed and Russian Federation were reduced to 10 men when Zhirkov caught Miguel Layun with a flailing arm and was shown a second yellow card. Mexico held on to their lead and claimed all the three points.

Mexico will meet the winners of Group B - which will nearly certainly be Chile or Germany - in their last-four encounter in Sochi on Thursday, but Hernandez is not concerned about which team they face.

Andre Silva added a third on 80 minutes before Nani completed the rout in stoppage time to ensure Portugal progressed to last four as winners of Group A, finishing above Mexico on goal difference.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring from the penalty spot with his 75th worldwide goal in the 33rd minute.

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Bernado Silva scored Portugal's second.

New Zealand did put up some resistance in the first half-hour but a clumsy tackle inside the box saw them concede a penalty in the 33 minute. It took a high bounce just outside the box, and Hirving Lozano beat Akinfeev to the ball.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos gave New Zealand a boost by withdrawing Ronaldo 23 minutes from the end, but substitute Nani almost made a swift impact, latching on to Quaresma's cross and slamming a powerful shot at Marinovic from 10 yards.

Akinfeev failed to clear a bouncing ball, allowing Lozano to sneak in and score the victor seven minutes into the second half.

Despite being reduced to ten men when Yuriy Zhirkov was dismissed for a second bookable offence, the hosts continued to attack, substitute Igor Smolnikov blazing over from close range as Russia's golden chance went begging.

Portugal were 2-0 up when he picked up his second yellow card of the tournament for a tackle in the middle of the pitch.

No other player from Europe has scored as many goals in competitive games than Ronaldo (60 goals).

Mexico also had a second-half goal by defender Hector Moreno, but was ruled offside after video review.

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