Oribe Peralta scored a dramatic winner as Mexico came from behind to defeat New Zealand 2-1 in Sochi and move top of Confederations Cup Group A.
After Juan Carlos Osorio made eight changes to Mexico’s team, it looked like he would pay the price when Chris Wood gave New Zealand a shock first-half lead, the first time his country have scored in six Confederations Cup matches.
But Raul Jimenez’s third goal in his last four internationals brought Osorio’s men back on level terms after the break and Peralta’s winner ensured El Tri secured victory despite star striker Javier Hernandez remaining on the substitutes’ bench.
Mexico, winners of the tournament in 1999, now know a point in their final match against Russia – who lost to Portugal earlier on Wednesday – will ensure they reach the semi-finals.
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