Both sides will be seeking their first win at the tournamentWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, June 19, 2017.
On Wednesday, Mexico will face New Zealand in Sochi’s Fisht Stadium and both teams will be under pressure. Juan Carlos Osorio’s team need a win to keep their hope of reaching the semi-finals alive, whereas All Whites know that another defeat will most certainly send them back home.
Mexico started the tournament with a good performance leading to a 2-2 draw against Portugal. On the other hand, New Zealand was dominated throughout their game against Russia and eventually lost 2-0, going ten games without a win at the Confederations Cup.
Having remained on the bench at the game with Portugal, Mexico’s captain Rafa Marquez is likely to start against New Zealand. If that happens, he will become the second-oldest player in the history of the Confederations Cup standing at 38 years and four months. He is the only player at the whole tournament with experience of winning it and has already stated that he plans on playing on for the national team until next year’s World Cup.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.
Here are the possible lineups for the two teams:
Mexico: Alfredo Talavera; Diego Reyes, Nestor Araujo, Oswaldo Alanis, Luis Reyes; Marco Fabian, Rafael Marquez, Gio Dos Santos; Javier Aquino, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano
New Zealand: Stefan Marinovic; Tom Doyle, Tommy Smith, Andrew Durante, Themi Tzimopoulos, Michael Boxall; Ryan Thomas, Bill Tuiloma, Michael McGlinchey; Chris Wood, Marco Rojas