Confederations Cup: Portugal beat Mexico to finish third

Confederations Cup: Portugal beat Mexico to finish third

Sunday, July 2, 2017 4:56 pm

Portugal fought back on Sunday in Moscow to beat Mexico 2-1 after extra time and finish third at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

In the playoff match for third-place at the Spartak Stadium, Portugal looked to be weaker in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and in the face of El Tri’s sweeping wing play.

They went on to lose the chance to go ahead when Andre Silva lost a penalty kick in the first half.

It indeed revived memories of their loss of three penalty kicks against Chile in the semi-finals.

Their worries were then compounded when Luis Neto’s own goal in the 54th minute put Mexico ahead.

And just when it was looking as if the European champions would return home empty-handed, Pepe lunged to bundle home a low cross in the opening minute of injury time.

Adrien Silva then scored from the spot in 14th minute of extra time to put his side in the driving seat and on the way to glory.

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa emerged the Man of the Match for his incredible performances, which stood him out throughout the game.



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