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Lozano's winner sees Mexico move on to semifinals, pressure on Osorio eased

Shaka Hislop says Mexico's advancement to the Confederations Cup semifinals will momentarily silence unfair criticism.
Hirving Lozano took full advantage of Igor Akinfeev's error and headed home Mexico's game winner in their Group A finale.
Igor Akinfeev's error in the second half sees Russia bow out of the Confederations Cup and El Tri advance to the semis.
Igor Akinfeev's error in the second half sees Russia bow out of the Confederations Cup and El Tri advance to the semis.

Thanks to a 2-1 win against Russia on Saturday, Mexico has gained a spot in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup. Following goals from Nestor Araujo and Hirving Lozano, El Tri's three points have secured a spot in second place of Group A.

Now, Mexico will have a few days to prepare for their semifinal match on Thursday. As for who El Tri's opponent will be, that all depends on the results of Sunday's games for Group B.

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In the group stage, Mexico somehow remained undefeated...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico weathers early Russian storm, fights back to reach Confed Cup semis

Shaka Hislop says Mexico's advancement to the Confederations Cup semifinals will momentarily silence unfair criticism.

KAZAN, Russia -- Three quick thoughts from Mexico's 2-1 win over Russia in the Confederations Cup group stage:

1. Mexico weathers Russian storm

Mexico has been behind in all three of its Confederations Cup games so far but is through to the semifinal, finishing as runner-up in Group A following its 2-1 victory over Russia on Saturday in Kazan.

This was a case of Mexico getting the job done in front of 41,585 home fans in Kazan Arena and Russia provided a stern test, especially in the first half.

The...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico set to eliminate host Russia, but can they handle the pressure?

Herculez Gomez says a loss to Russia will increase the unwarranted pressure on Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio.
With Mexico under heavy pressure to get a win, John Sutcliffe expects head coach Juan Carlos Osorio to rotate his lineup.
The FC crew argue about Mexico's talent and results after Herculez Gomez says they currently have more talent than ever.
John Sutcliffe reports from Sochi on the keys to Mexico's victory in a game full of squad changes against New Zealand.

KAZAN, Russia -- The scenarios are simple. If Mexico wins or ties host Russia in Kazan on Saturday, El Tri will advance from Group A in the Confederations Cup. Lose and the criticism -- which is already fierce -- will rain down on Mexico, who will have failed to reach the expected goals in major tournaments for two consecutive summers.

This match is being framed as "judgement day" for Juan Carlos Osorio and his Mexico team, however unfair that might seem.

"We can't play with the fear of losing,"...

 By Tom Marshall

Spotlight again on Osorio's rotations in Mexico's win over New Zealand

Second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta secured an all-important 2-1 win for Mexico over New Zealand.
Second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta secured an all-important 2-1 win for Mexico over New Zealand.
Herculez Gomez and the FC panel look at Mexico's lacklustre win over New Zealand and the changes that affected their play.

SOCHI, Russia - The message was stark and clear: Juan Carlos Osorio is not for turning, and Mexico's national team players are behind him. Social media and the Mexican press were fierce in criticising Osorio's side on Wednesday after they scraped past New Zealand 2-1 in their second Group A match at the Confederations Cup.

"Osorio out" was trending in Mexico during the match, and afterward the headlines were all negative. It was all about the "scare," Osorio changing eight players and the manager...

Javier Aquino, Raul Jimenez ignite second-half rally for rotated El Tri

Herculez Gomez and the FC panel look at Mexico's lacklustre win over New Zealand and the changes that affected their play.
Three yellow cards were brandished with the help of VAR, following a clash late on between Mexico and New Zealand.
Second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta secured an all-important 2-1 win for Mexico over New Zealand.
Second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta secured an all-important 2-1 win for Mexico over New Zealand.

After an ugly first half, Mexico stumbled out from Wednesday's Confederations Cup match against New Zealand with a 2-1 victory.

With numerous first-team starters on the bench, manager Juan Carlos Osorio took a risk by fielding a backup roster in El Tri's second group-stage game. Although the head coach nearly shot himself in the foot after allowing an early goal, Mexico bounced back with two goals in the second half.

Now the roster will need to prepare for the final match of the group stage against...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico's comeback win over New Zealand is one to forget

Herculez Gomez and the FC panel look at Mexico's lacklustre win over New Zealand and the changes that affected their play.

SOCHI, Russia -- Three quick thoughts from Mexico's 2-1 win over New Zealand in the group stage of the Confederations Cup on Wednesday.

1. A win to forget for Mexico

Mexico 2-1 New Zealand. It certainly doesn't read like the convincing scoreline El Tri fans were hoping for and there was very little of comfort for them, apart from Mexico scraping by and earning the three points.

Chris Wood put New Zealand into the lead three minutes before half-time and there was nothing fortunate about the...