SOCHI, Russia. – Mexico are no strangers to the Festival of Champions, having appeared at six of the competition’s nine editions to date, a distinction they share with Brazil. Los Aztecas made their Confederations Cup debut at Saudi Arabia 1995, finishing in an eminently respectable third place courtesy of a penalty shootout defeat of Nigeria. Their greatest achievement came in hosting the competition four years later, when a side led by the indefatigable Cuauhtémoc Blanco beat a Brazil team containing the fast-emerging Ronaldinho 4-3 in the final at the Estadio Azteca. The Mexicans went on to claim fourth at Germany 2005, where they suffered an extra-time defeat to the hosts in the match for third place, while their Brazil 2013 campaign came to a premature end in the group phase.
Knocked out in the semi-finals of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, a tournament won by their arch rivals USA, Mexico went into the 2015 continental finals determined to regain the title and with it a place in the Russia 2017 play-off against the Stars and Stripes; staged in California on 10 October, when Paul Aguilar’s extra-time goal gave the men in green a 3-2 win and the right to represent the CONCACAF Zone in Russia.
Russia 2017 will be New Zealand’s fourth appearance at the FIFA Confederations Cup. New Zealand’s results have been modest at best, with the All Whites collecting just one draw and two goals in their nine previous matches. Despite that, they have provided tests for strong opposition at times in this elite competition. New Zealand won their way to Russia 2017 by claiming the OFC Nations Cup for the fifth time. The All Whites secured the eight-nation tournament, held in Papua New Guinea for the first time, during May-June 2016.
Wednesday, June 21st of 2017: Mexico vs. New Zealand at 2:00PM ET/1:00PM CT/11:00AM PT, live and exclusively on Telemundo and Telemundo Deportes En Vivo App.
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Miguel Layún, Hector Moreno, Néstor Araujo, Carlos Salcedo, Orbelín Pineda, Héctor Herrera, Andrés Guardado, Giovani dos Santos, Javier Hernández y Oribe Peralta.
New Zealand: Stefan Marinovic, Kip Colvey, Themistoklis Tzimopoulos, Bill Tuiloma, Chris Wood, Luka Prelevic, Monty Patterson, Rory Fallon, Louis Fenton, Luke Adams y Sam Brotherton.