Mexico ended the day as Group A leaders with four points, ahead of Portugal on goal average.
The reigning Champions, the Portuguese beat Russian Federation and made application for the semi-finals of the confederations Cup.
Midfielder Marco Rojas, who had a fine game the last time these two teams met in Nashville last October, said the team has dusted themselves off after the opening game and are up for the challenge of trying to contain a world-class team. The team played very well against a side playing at home with the support of their fans. A win against an underwhelming New Zealand team will put El Tri in a great position to make it out of the group in hopes of a spot in the semifinals. However, they got many defenders and Forward out there.
"We lose, you lose, everyone loses".
Giovani dos Santos could have eased the nerves three minutes later when he was picked out in front of goal, but he headed wastefully wide.
All Whites coach Anthony Hudson insists his team don't fear Mexico, despite the intimidating proposition they will present on Wednesday (Thursday NZT).
Mexico is one of the biggest footballing economies in the world, and it was estimated that if they didn't qualify for the 2014 World Cup it would have cost the country around US$ 1 billion. But there is still belief.
For the Mexico v New Zealand, this game will begin at 2:00 pm ET, and it will also be live on Fox Sports 1 United States of America, with live streaming available on Fox Sports GO. "We must be ready for them". Reyes is the type of left back that will push up in the attack, and that will allow Miguel Layun to switch to the right side of the defense and Mexico will have two attack-minded outside backs. We are going to be fearless. I am expecting a really good game tomorrow.
The hosts started their campaign with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday, but Euro 2016 winners Portugal were held to a 2-2 draw with Mexico.
"I am proud of what my team did, it's normal to have to suffer at this level, but we deserved to win", said Osorio. Mexico's coach Juan Carlos Osorio took particular exception to this, berating Wood himself from the dugout. "But we were better, we had more chances", said Ronaldo.
New Zealand's final game at St Petersburg, will have plenty riding on it for Portugal.
"The first 10 minutes after the break, we gave them too much space and time on the ball". We were deflated after the game because we felt we had more.
However, the 18-year-old had a second half to forget as the revitalised Mexicans stormed back, creating a swag of chances.
Although Ronaldo received the vote of the crowd, most observers would argue Bernardo Silva was the game's stand-out player.