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FULL TIME: Mexico reach the semi-finals of the tournament with a 2-1 win courtesy of goals from Araujo and Lozano, a result which sees the hosts Russia crash out. Thanks for following the game with us..
- Yellow cardOswaldo AlanísMexico
Alanis is booked for a late challenge as we enter stoppage time.
You sense that Russia know the game is up, the game is meandering to a finish with little urgency from the hosts.
CHANCE! There is a bit of pinball in the box before Reyes lashes the ball towards goal, it takes a deflection but is caught by the keeper.
Smolnikov bursts forward, trades passes before a heavy touch in the box lets him down and Ochoa is there to smother the ball.
Portugal are 3-0 up over New Zealand so it looks like they will top the group with El Trieng in second.
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- OnMaksim KanunnikovRussia
Kanunnikov is on for the last throw of the dice for the hosts.
What an eventful game it has been and we haven't had any VAR controversies. Russia began well but Osario's Tinkerman changes appear to have paid off.
OH DEAR! Smolnikov plants a header from five yards over the bar, after a late run into the box, he was completely unmarked.
- OffAleksandr ErokhinRussia
- OnIgor SmolnikovRussia
Smolnikov is on for Erokhin.
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- OnOswaldo AlanísMexico
Alanis is on for Guardado.
- Red cardYuri ZhirkovRussia
RED CARD! Zhirkov is shown a straight red for elbowing his marker in the face. That was senseless from the ex-Chelsea man who was already on a yellow card.
CHANCE! Hernandez has his first chance with a header from 12 yards which is straight at the keeper.
- OffAleksandr BukharovRussia
- OnDmitri PolozRussia
Poloz comes on as Russia hunt for some goals.
- Yellow cardFedor KudryashovRussia
Kudriashov is booked for chopping at Hernandez, he can have few complaints with that.
GOAL DISALLOWED BY VAR! Moreno was just off-side and the goal is rightly chalked off.
GOAL FOR MEXICO! Mexico lashes the ball in on the volley after a ball is played into the box. But the referee wants the VAR to have a look.
CLOSE! Erokhin goes agonisingly close with a curling effort from the edge of the box.
Zhirkov goes down easily in the box as a cross is floated in, he is fortunate to escape a booking for simulation.
The hosts need two goals in this second half or they are leaving their own party early.
- GoalHirving LozanoMexico
GOAL FOR MEXICO! Lozano wins the race with keeper Akinfeev to head the ball in bravely from the edge of the box after a long punt forward from Herrera. It is an absolute nightmare for the keeper.
DISALLOWED GOAL! A neat move involving Smolov results in the ball threaded through to Samedov who dinks the ball over the keeper but its chalked off for a clear off-side.
CHANCE! Golovin goes down the wing and chips in an inviting cross for Smolov who gets his volley all wrong and it trickles well wide.
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- OnJavier AquinoMexico
Mexico have brought on Javier Aquino for ex-Arsenal man Carlos Vela.
Russia get the second period underway.
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HALF TIME: 1-1 at the break. Russia had led through Samedov but they were quickly pegged back by Araujo's looping header. With Portugal winning 2-0, one of these sides will be heading home and as it stands, it will be the hosts.
Kudriashov is getting treatment after challenging for a header with Hernandez and coming off worse.
Juan Carlos Osorio’s men have gone a goal behind in all of their group games.
Hernandez lets out a yelp after a late challenge from Kudriashov which caught him on the top of his foot. Mexico have a free-kick as a result but Santos's delivery is cleared.
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- OnLuis ReyesMexico
Luis Reyes is on for Diego Reyes, who appears to have an injury.
Mexico's goal was against the run of play but it looks to have given them a confidence boost. Meanwhile, Portugal are now 2-0 up against the Kiwis courtesy of Ronaldo and Silva.
BIG CHANCE! Smolov threads the ball through to Erokhin who blazes his effort over the bat from a tight angle. He was under pressure from Moreno but he really should have found the target from there.
- GoalNéstor AraujoMexico
GOAL FOR MEXICO! From a free-kick 25 yards out Guardado's effort was parried, the ball is played back into the box and Araujo peels off his man to pull off a looping header for the equaliser.
As it stands, Russia will be going through to the last four along with Portugal but there's plenty of time for things to change if you're a Mexico fan.
- GoalAleksandr SamedovRussia
GOAL FOR RUSSIA! Samedov strokes the ball into the corner from close range after good work from Golovin on the left who pinged in the cross.
WOODWORK! Smolov rattles the post with a brilliant effort from distance, the rebound then strikes a team-mate.
We have reached the midway point of the first half. Russia have been the better side and have had two decent penalty shouts. It remains Portugal 0-0 New Zealand in the other game in Group A.
VAR SAYS NO PENALTY! The referee viewed the footage and ruled there will be no spot kick, it seemed to be a collision between Smolov and the defender.
ANOTHER PENALTY SHOUT! Araujo misjudged the bounce of the ball into the box, Smolov was through on goal before the defender appeared to bundle him to the ground. No penalty given but the referee is now going to the VAR.
- Yellow cardAndrés GuardadoMexico
Guardado is booked for a late challenge on Samedov and is cautioned. If Mexico qualify for the semis, he will be suspended.
GOOD CHANCE! Neat skill from Zhirkov to lift the ball over the defender's foot before flashing a low shot in the area narrowly wide.
Hernandez goes down, claiming he was caught by an arm, but the referee waves play on.
Mexico have a free-kick near the corner flag after former Chelsea man Zhirkov is booked for a high foot on Vela. The set-piece from Guardado is headed clear.
PENALTY APPEAL! Zhirkov goes down after making contact with Moreno's foot eight yards out, he looked to have gone down easily there. No penalty and no VAR on this occasion.
CHANCE! Lozano bursts past two players, approaches the edge of the area and fires in a low shot on the turn that is well held by the keeper.
It has been a scrappy start from the hosts, playing in their all red kit, lots of passes going astray.
The Russians are going for this with their formation, including forward Bukharov who scored against Manchester United for Rubin Kazan in the Europa League earlier this year.
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KICK OFF: Mexico, in their white strip, get the game underway.
Five minutes until kick-off in Kazan!
MEXICO: Ochoa, Araujo, Reyes, Santos, Layun, Vela, Hernandez, Moreno, Herrera, Guardado, Lozano.
RUSSIA: Akinfeev, Vasin, Dzhikya, Glushakov, Smolov, Bukharov, Kudriashov, Golovin, Zhirkov, Samedov, Erokhin.
Mexico will seal their passage in the semi-finals with a draw and could also qualify by losing if Portugal slip up against New Zealand so there's plenty to play for.
The Russians currently sit third in Group A on three points but they have the added pressure of avoiding becoming the first host nation to fail to reach the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup since 2001.
Hello and welcome to LIVE commentary as Russia face Mexico in the Confederations Cup in Moscow. The hosts need to win to secure their place in the semi-finals as group leaders Portugal are expected to see off New Zealand. Kick-off is at 16:00 BST.