Still, Portugal won that final against France after Ronaldo went off injured, and the 32-year-old forward is at the heart of his team in Russian Federation.
After the draw with Portugal, Mexicocoach Juan Carlos Osorio made eight changes against New Zealand, a plan that initially backfired before his side recovered after the break. "I think once we emerge from the group and only then we will begin to study (semi-final) opponents", Santos said.
"We have to manage the players and there will be rotation based on how the players are feeling, but it's easy when you have a group you trust", said Santos.
"We know what we need to do and we don't think that far ahead".
Mexico'sHirving Lozano celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and Russia, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017.
Mexico are top, level with Portugal on four points but ahead by virtue of having scored one more goal, and face Russian Federation, who are just a point behind in third. "A wrongly scored goal can rob the team of points and medals, so it is better to wait a minute or two to make sure if the goal was right or not", he added.
Osorio said Mexico has been waiting for this type of game. We're looking forward to it.
Mexico faced host nations in the last two World Cups, drawing with South Africa in 2010 and with Brazil in 2014.
"We can't play a game of this magnitude being afraid of losing", Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado said.
"We have a gameplan that we're going to stick to. At high-profile tournaments, we need to reach a higher quality". We've seen everything has been tried and it's not one of those where if you deal with Ronaldo then that's it.
"If their team is so much higher than us in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking then, on paper, they seem better than us", he said.
"We respect other teams but we are not afraid of anyone". We should be happy with his goal!
New Zealand sought to tighten things up at the back at the start of the second half, with their surrounding of Ronaldo on one instance indicative of a relative improvement.
Mexico thought they had extended their lead in the 60th minute but Hector Moreno's goal was ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee after a review.
Portugal have four points after they conceded an equaliser in stoppage time to draw their opening match 2-2 against Mexico.
That earned the Kiwi side the first shot of the match, Ingham whipping in a cross and Wood chesting down nicely but unable to generate enough power to seriously trouble Portuguese keeper Rui Patricio.
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