New Zealand had not won any of its previous matches at three Confederations Cups dating back to 1999, but it had the better of the first half and went in 1-0 up thanks to a good goal from Chris Wood.

"Overall I am really proud and I am really disappointed, our players deserved more". "I'd rather talk about how much of a big performance it was from every player, subs coming off the bench included". It was only then that he was met by a wall of black jerseys as four New Zealand players rushed in to their teammate's aid.

But the All Whites captain missed a pair of one-on-one chances either side of his goal, the latter immediately preceding Raul Jimenez's equaliser for El Tri.

Based on the quality of players that will be on display, Portugal should be able to get the win against Russian Federation and in their final group match against New Zealand.

Nevertheless, the Mexicans held on for the win and now move level on points with Portugal.

Teams play each other quite regularly - in 2013, for example, were butt games before the World Cup, the sum of two matches the score was 9: 3 in favor of Mexico.

For 45 minutes, Mexico's chances of progressing in the Confederations Cup looked to be in serious danger.

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

Hudson is not sure if Osorio, a manager he has huge respect for, will play his strongest side against New Zealand but he is sure whomever comes in will be very capable and continue their free-flowing and attacking brand of football.

With the Kiwis' tails up, Wood could have grabbed a second when he again got in behind the defence, but failed to control the ball as they took a one-goal lead into the break.

In the second half, the Mexicans came out with a burning desire to change the course of the game.

Russian Federation stay on three points while, Mexico (1) take on New Zealand (0) later on Wednesday.

"We're sad about that, and let's see what the exam results tell us".