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When asked ahead of the match about the game's magnitude, head coach Juan Carlos Osorio described the game as his team's "judgment day".

"I honestly think that this is the flawless scenario for Mexican football", Osorio said Friday.

"As you know, Federation Internationale de Football Association is very serious about the chanting that we do when the goalkeeper takes a kick, and the possible sanctions are serious", FMF said in a statement directed at the team's supporters.

The European Champions are expected to cruise past New Zealand tonight with a dominating performance and we may very well see the biggest scoreline of the tournament in St.Petersburg.

Goals from Peralta and Raul Jimenez saw Mexico move top of Group A later in the day, above Portugal on goals scored, and knock New Zealand out of the competition.

"This team are on the right path, they have got great character, great belief and it's a young team moving in the right direction".

"It was a massive improvement", Wood said, while also reiterating his disappointment they had not got more from the game. Though they only need a point to reach the next round, their players and coach will be determined not to go through a similar ordeal as they did last time out, meaning that complacency should be out of the question.

"Some of us have been playing for the national team for a long time, it's always like this".

Mexico faced host nations in the last two World Cups, drawing with South Africa in 2010 and with Brazil in 2014.

Russian Federation and Mexico have only ever faced off in two head-to-head games during the early 90s. We need to play with motivation. We know what we need to do.

This year's intro to the World Cup heads into the semi-final round in a few days as the two groups are scheduled to wrap up the first round on Saturday, June 24.

"Even if you take Ronaldo out of the team, you still have world-class players like (Ricardo) Quaresma and Nani, we have a game plan and we won't be overawed", said coach Anthony Hudson.

Ronaldo might not be the only leading light New Zealand are facing in the coming months.

Defender Hector Moreno is listed as doubtful because of a muscle injury.

Just as they did in the 2-2 draw with Portugal and subsequent victory over New Zealand, Mexico made a slow start and again fell behind.

Osorio said he was incensed during the first half of the game when Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo was left injured after a clash with rival forward Chris Wood in the New Zealand area and their opponents failed to kick the ball out of play.

Guardado said he was glad that Mexican fans have stopped homophobic chants that prompted a warning by Federation Internationale de Football Association. "I hope the players will use the experience to grow and develop".


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