Hector Moreno's last-gasp goal secured what could prove to be a precious point for Mexico from Sunday's Confederations Cup Group A clash against Portugal.
Cedric Soares' 84th minute deflected strike appeared to have handed Fernando Santos' side a vital victory, but the 2015 CONCACAF Cup winners struck in stoppage time to salvage a share of the spoils.
Juan Carlos Osorio's men harbour high hopes of performing well in this competition and fans of El Tri will hope that Sunday's late leveller provides a platform on which Mexico can build.
Osorio's team will take a significant stride towards a place in the final four of the competition with victory against New Zealand in Sochi - and the Mexicans can be backed at just 1/10 (1.10) with Paddy Power to see off Anthony Hudson's team.
New Zealand suffered a disappointing defeat against host nation Russia in Saturday's Confederations Cup curtain raiser in St Petersburg and it is questionable whether Hudson's men have the quality required to bounce back here. The odds compilers are doubtful, for there is 20/1 (21.0) that New Zealand kickstart their campaign with a famous victory, with 7/1 (8.0) that the match ends in stalemate.
New Zealand have failed to find the net in five of their last six defeats and the 1/2 (1.50) quote on offer for Osorio's team to win to nil suggests that Wednesday's fixture could well be provide another testing 90 minutes for Oceania's champions.
Mexico certainly pack a punch in the final third of the pitch - El Tri have chalked up nine goals in their last four games and just 1/5 (1.20) is available that they manage more than one goal here, with 5/6 (1.83) that El Tri score more than two goals - a selection that would have landed in both of the last two matches from which Osorio's side have emerged victorious.
New Zealand have failed to find the net in each of their last three outings - against Northern Ireland, Belarus and Russia respectively - and there is 13/8 (2.63) that Hudson's side buck the trend by breaching the Mexican defence on this occasion.
The 5/4 (2.25) quote for fewer than three goals to be scored may prove to be more popular with punters, for the selection would have landed in 11 of New Zealand's last 12 games - although, the exception to the rule was a 2-1 defeat in a friendly fixture against Mexico back in October.
Hudson's men are expected to come up short once again when they go toe-to-toe with Osorio's team and El Tri will be keen to chalk up a convincing win ahead of their upcoming Group A clash with Stanislav Cherchesov's hosts.
The 5/6 (1.83) quote, therefore, for Mexico to score more than two goals may well provide punters with a path to profit from Wednesday's match.
|Mexico over 2.5 team goals at 5/6 (1.83) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power|