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Mexico beat New Zealand 2-1

Baku, June 22, AZERTAC

Mexico came from behind to beat New Zealand and moved top of the group amid ugly scenes at the Confederations Cup.

Leeds United's Chris Wood gave the All Whites a first-half lead but second-half goals by Benfica's Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta sealed victory.

But the game boiled over in the dying stages when Mexico skipper Diego Reyes pulled back Michael Boxall, who then lunged at Hector Herrera.

New Zealand's Ryan Thomas also became involved and a mass brawl ensued.

Referee Bakary Gassama consulted the video assistant referee before issuing three yellow cards to Reyes, Herrera and Boxall.

Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio apologised for losing his temper during the match.

The 56-year-old had a heated argument with one of New Zealand's assistant coaches after Mexico's Carlos Salcedo went down with a shoulder injury in the first half.

Mexico, who left striker Javier Hernandez on the bench, top the group ahead of Portugal on goals scored.

Portugal beat Russia 1-0 earlier in the day - and Mexico now only need a draw against Russia in Kazan on Saturday to be sure of reaching the semi-finals.

Hosts Russia are third in the group while New Zealand remain bottom and are out of the tournament.

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