Confed Cup: Ronaldo-less Portugal Edge Mexico To Claim 3rd Place

Confed Cup: Ronaldo-less Portugal Edge Mexico To Claim 3rd Place

By James Agberebi:

Portugal came from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 after extra-time to finish third at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Both teams had a player sent off as Nelsinho was shown a second yellow card in the 106th minute for Portugal, while Mexico’s Raul Jimenez was also dismissed in the 112th minute for a second yellow card offence.

Portugal’s star forward and skipper, Cristiano Ronaldo, did not feature as he left after their semi-final loss to Chile to be with his new-born twins.

Mexico took the lead in the 54th minute following an own goal by Luis Neto.

But in the 91st minute, Real Madrid defender Pepe, who was suspended in the semi-final loss to Chile, equalised for Portugal to take the game to extra-time.

And in the 104th minute, Portugal went in front for the first time in the game as Adrien Silva scored from the penalty spot.

Portugal had earlier missed a 17th minute penalty as Andre Silva’s spot kick was saved by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa.

This is the second time Mexico will finish fourth at the Confederations Cup after losing 4-3 on penalties to hosts of the 2005 edition Germany.

Later onvSunday, world champions Germany will face South American champions Chile in the final of this year’s Confederations Cup.

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