June 21st saw another Group A match. This time between Mexico and New Zealand.
The obvious favorite for this match was Mexico. The reason being, Mexico according to Fifa’s rankings is the 17th best national team in the world. New Zealand is at the spot of 95th, which means they were quite the under-dog. New Zealand had quite the challenge ahead of them. This match never should of been close.
New Zealand got the ball to begin the first half. The first yellow card was given by the 26th minute. It was given to New Zealand’s Ryan Thomas after a foul. By the 33rd minute Mexico had to sub out Carlos Salcedo due to injury. Héctor Moreno was his replacement. The 42nd minute saw New Zealand’s forward, Chris Wood, stunned everyone by opening off the scoring. New Zealand now led 1-0. While there were other events that took place in between these goals, and even after going into halftime these were the highlights.
Mexico kicked it off to begin the second half. Mexico had to do something coming into the 2nd half in order to get the game under control. So, in the 45th minute Mexico subbed in Héctor Herrera for Oswaldo Alanís. By the 54th minute Mexico saw their midfielder, Raúl Jiménez, strike in the equalizer. Mexico and New Zealand were tied at 1-1. 4 minutes later New Zealand saw that they needed to make a change. So, they subbed in Bill Poni Tuiloma for Clayton Lewis. It only took till the 68th minute for Mexico to follow suit subbing out Héctor Moreno in favor of Rafael Márquez. By the 72nd minute, Mexico had the game where they wanted it. After all, thanks to a goal by Oribe Peralta–a Mexican forward– they now led 2-1. In response, New Zealand sub out Marco Rojas for Kosta Barbarouses a mere minute later. The 82nd minute sees New Zealand once again make a substitution. This time subbing in Monty Patterson for Dane Ingham. The added stoppage time saw three yellow cards occur: one to Héctor Herrera of Mexico, another to Mexico’s Diego Reyes, and the final one to New Zealand’s Michael Boxall. The 90th minute came, and the match was over.
As Mexico was in a close contest for the Semi-Finals spot with Russia, this match was a must win. Though, it was also supposed to be a easy win. While New Zealand made the game close, Mexico got their needed win in the end. With this win, the 2nd spot for Group A would come down to the Mexico vs Russia match. Group A would come to the last game.
The Confederations Cup still has a lot of matches to look forward to. We will be covering all the other matches, so if you are interested in what happens for each match but can’t watch them live, then we have got you covered. Big matches will be covered live with play-by-play–our play-by-play focuses on key moments, though a lot is covered–.
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