Portugal vs Mexico


FIFA Confederations Cup 2017

Group A

June 18th

Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia


34′ Quaresma

42′ Hernández

86′ Soares

90’+1′ Moreno

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FT: The result means that Portugal are third in Group A on a point, behind Mexico and Russia, who lead the table on three points.

FT: Mexico deserved something from the game and were rewarded for their commitment. Their only chance in the second-half fell to Moreno and he made no mistake to head home a stoppage-time equaliser.

FT: Portugal created a number of good chances but couldn’t kill the game off and were poor defensively. First Quaresma tested Ochoa with a strike from-range before substitute André Silva was brilliantly denied by the Mexican keeper from a header. Soares then found what looked to have been the winner with a deflected strike before substitute Gelson Martins fired an effort just wide.

FT: So Moreno heads home late to salvage a point for Mexico and deny Portugal a debut Confederations Cup victory.

90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+1′ Gomes is booked for dissent.

90’+1′ Goal!! Moreno meets J. Dos Santos’ delivery with a header that clips the post.

90′ Carvalho concedes a corner.

90′ There will be three additional minutes.

89′ Fonte is penalised for a foul on Hernández.

88′ Close!! André Silva finds Martins, who does well to take the ball in his stride before firing just wide.

86′ Goal!! Martins’ pull-back ricochets off Herrera into the path of Soares, whose effort deflects home off Herrera.

84′ Chance!! André Silva meets a Guerreiro cross with a header that Ochoa brilliantly palms away.

82′ Herrera wins a freekick after a foul from Martins.

81′ Final Portugal change sees Quaresma replaced by André Silva.

79′ G. Dos Santos cuts-inside before firing an effort wide.

79′ Close!! Ronaldo tees up Quaresma, whose half-volley is comfortable for Ochoa.

78′ Fonte wins a freekick after a foul from Peralta.

78′ G. Dos Santos wins a freekick.

78′ Final Mexico change sees Oribe Peralta replace Jiménez.

75′ Gomes is penalised for a foul on J. Dos Santos.

72′ Ronaldo wins a freekick after a foul from Guardado, who receives a yellow card.

69′ Hernández is penalised for a high foot.

68′ Layún’s freekick clears the bar.

67′ Silva is booked for a cynical foul on G. Dos Santos.

66′ Silva is penalised for a foul.

66′ Second Mexico change sees Néstor Araujo replace Salcedo.

59′ Moreno wins a freekick.

58′ Pepe is caught offside.

57′ Double Portugal substitution sees Adrien Silva and Gélson Martins replace Moutinho and Nani.

56′ First Mexico change sees Vela replaced by Giovani Dos Santos.

56′ Quaresma wins a freekick after a foul from Layún.

51′ Jiménez fires an effort at-goal that deflects wide.

47′ Pepe is penalised for a foul.

45′ Portugal get the second-half underway.

HT: So will it be Portugal or Mexico to get the next goal and will they hold on? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Both sides will need to be more clinical as they have wasted a number of good chances. Portugal have got into some promising positions and looked a threat in the final third but their finishing has been poor by their usual standards. Mexico have done well to contain the Portuguese attack thus far but will need to be at their best if they to remain in the game. They will need to continue to provide better service for Hernández and Jiménez, who has been quiet in the game, if they are to test the Portuguese defence once again.

HT: Mexico haven’t created many chances but most of the chances they created were clear-cut. First Vela curled a freekick just before Hernández tested Patrício with a header from close-range. Hernández then headed home to level the scores after Vela’s cross, following an error from Guerreiro before Hernández fired an effort over the bar from a Jiménez pull-back.

HT: Both sides created a number of good chances but defensive errors have cost both sides. The European Champions thought they had taken the lead when Pepe headed home from a Gomes strike but it was disallowed after the use of the VAR system. Quaresma then went close when his strike from-range tested Ochoa before Salcedo nearly put Portugal ahead with his header almost finding the back of his own-net but Ochoa made a fine save. Quaresma then found the net from Ronaldo’s pass before the Besiktas winger fired an effort inches wide.

HT: So we’re level at the break with a goal apiece and nothing to separate the two sides.

45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ There will be one additional minute.

45′ Chance!! Vela finds Jiménez, whose pull-back finds Hernández, who fires the ball over the bar.

42′ Soares is penalised for a foul on Hernández.

42′ Goal!! Guerreiro miscues his clearance with the loose-ball falling to Vela, whose cross is headed home by Hernández with a diving-header.

39′ Close!! Ronaldo finds Quaresma, who eventually fires an effort inches wide.

38′ Gomes is caught offside.

37′ Chance!! Hernández meets a Vela cross with a header that Patrício saves well.

36′ Quaresma wins a freekick after a foul from Herrera.

34′ Goal!! Ronaldo plays Quaresma through on-goal after Salcedo loses his footing and the winger takes a touch to beat Ochoa before tapping home into the unguarded net.

33′ The corner is cleared.

32′ Close!! Salcedo miscues a header from a Carvalho cross and almost scores an own-goal but Ochoa makes a terrific save to tip the ball over the bar.

31′ Moutinho wins a freekick after a high-foot from J. Dos Santos.

31′ Quaresma wins a freekick after a foul from Moreno.

29′ Close!! Vela curls the freekick over the wall but just wide.

28′ Hernández wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Gomes.

26′ The corner comes to nothing as Quaresma’s delivery goes out of play before coming back in.

25′ Ochoa smothers a Soares cross to concede a corner.

22′ Close!! Quaresma fires an effort at-goal from-range that Ochoa saves with ease.

21′ Disallowed goal!! After a Ronaldo strike from-range rattles the bar the loose-ball falls to Gomes, whose volley is headed home by Pepe. However the referee uses the VAR system before coming to the decision that Pepe was in an offside position.

19′ Ronaldo’s freekick hits the wall.

18′ Quaresma wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Guardado.

18′ Gomes wins a freekick.

16′ Quaresma cuts-inside to fire an effort wide from-range.

15′ The delivery is cleared before Jiménez is caught offside.

14′ Moutinho concedes a corner.

9′ Play resumes.

8′ The referee halts play as Nani is down with an injury after an aerial-challenge with Herrera.

5′ Guardado’s freekick deflects into the path of D. Reyes, who fires the ball wide under-pressure.

4′ Vela wins a freekick after a foul from Nani.

3′ Jiménez is caught offside.

2′ Pepe wins a freekick.

1′ Hernández wins a freekick.

0′ J. Dos Santos wins a freekick after a foul from Moutinho.

0′ Mexico get the game underway.

Team news:

Portugal: Rui Patrício (GK), Raphaël Guerreiro, José Fonte, Pepe, Cédric Soares, André Gomes, William Carvalho, João Moutinho, Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Quaresma

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa (GK), Miguel Layún, Héctor Moreno, Diego Reyes, Carlos Salcedo, Andrés Guardado, Héctor Herrera, Jonathan Dos Santos, Javier Hernández, Raúl Jiménez, Carlos Vela


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