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Confed Cup: Chicharito Scores As Resilient Mexico Hold Portugal

19 Junio 2017, 08:08 | Gerardo Tarin

Portugal has beaten better teams than Mexico and El Tri's upcoming group games against New Zealand and Russian Federation are winnable.

The Real Madrid star is on the back of winning the La Liga and being part of the first ever team in history to retain the Champions League and will be hungry to add another trophy to his already illustrious trophy cabinet. Upon emerging for the warm-up he greeted a particularly enthusiastic section of the Kazan Arena crowd with a cursory nod of the head; there was serious work to be done and, after a sloppy start by Portugal, he eventually asserted a measure of influence.

"When Cristiano was able to run, that put Mexico on alert and we should have done that more often", Santos said after the game in his only reference to Portugal's talisman.

He did however give an interview for the Fifa YouTube channel, where he only spoke about the global game that took place in Russian Federation. Chile is ranked fourth, but lacks the same tradition as Portugal and Mexico and has struggled in South American qualifying.

The result left European champion Portugal and Gold Cup victor Mexico trailing host Russian Federation in Group A. Russian Federation opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday. It is played by the continental champions plus the host nation and the World Cup victor.

The Current Portuguese team boasts of a number of world class players, led by Cristiano Ronaldo.

"A year ago, I said Portugal were going to Euro 2016 to win it".

June 18, 2017 at 18:00, the next match of the 1st round of the group stage of the Confederations Cup will take place, in which the national team of Portugal at the stadium "Kazan Arena" will play against the national team of Mexico.

Fortunately for Portugal, they wouldn't have to wait too long for a legitimate opening goal, one that came from Ricardo Quaresma.

The 26-year-old told the official website of the Confederations Cup: "It goes without saying that he's a great player". Portugal's lone loss in this span was a 3-2 defeat against Sweden at home. But with just moments remaining in the encounter, Hector Moreno nodded home the equaliser to earn a hard-fought 2-2 draw for Mexico.

"It's a dream to be playing with Ronaldo", Silva said ahead of Portugal's Confederation Cup debut against Mexico on Sunday in Kazan. But he seems to have won over Mexico's players and what we saw on Sunday was the essence of Mexican football.

With the game looking like it may end deadlocked at 1-1 defender Cedric popped up in the box to fire home his first global goal via a deflection.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos on the result: "We played a team that has very good, technical players".

Until then, Mexico had arguably been the better team; an aggressive press, intensity and very high defensive line was bold and a statement of intent from coach Juan Carlos Osorio.



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