Portugal vs Mexico 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Third Place

Portugal vs Mexico 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Third Place

This afternoon, Portugal defeated Mexico to win the third place at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.

The teams of Portugal and Mexico met at this tournament on June 18 and played a 2: 2 draw.

The European champions Portugal placed third on their Confed Cup debut although World Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was already at home to see his newborn twins.

Luis Neto opened the scoring in 54th minute, giving Mexico the lead until Portugal defender, Pepe, saved them with an unexpected shot in injury time (90′).

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Mexicans in the semi-finals lost the German national team 1: 4, interrupting their series of 7 unbeaten games.

Portugal should have gone in front in the drizzling rain on 17 minutes when Andre Silva was upended by 38-year-old Rafael Marquez, with the video assistant referee stepping in to award the spot-kick.

Hernandez drove to the byline to the left of the area and drilled the ball back across goal and, when Patricio failed to intercept, the ball cannoned off Neto's shin and into the net. According to the old tradition, games for the third place are effective, opponents play at their pleasure, trying to finish the tournament with a lovely game. Shortly before the end of the second time, Pepe scored a goal for Portugal thus prolonging the match for two extra times.

Manchester United and Barcelona target Nelson Semedo was given his marching orders immediately after the interval.

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