FIFA Confederations Cup 2017
Otkrytie Arena, Moscow, Russia
16′ André Silva penalty saved
54′ Neto OG
104′ Adrien Silva (P)
106′ Semedo Sent off (Second bookable offence)
111′ Jiménez Sent off (Second bookable offence)
European Champions Portugal finished their first ever FIFA Confederations Cup campaign in third place after defeating Mexico 2-1 in the Third-place play-off at the Otkrytie Arena in Moscow.
Luís Neto’s second-half own-goal had given the Mexicans an undeserved lead after a dominant Portugal spurned a number of good chances including a first-half André Silva penalty, which was terrifically saved by Guillermo Ochoa earlier in the match. However Pepe’s 91st minute effort levelled the scores for the European Champions and sent the game into Extra-Time, where substitute Adrien Silva scored the winner from the penalty-spot a minute before the interval before Benfica teammates Nélson Semedo and Raúl Jiménez were sent off for both sides after receiving two yellow cards.
The European Champions started well and went close in the fifth minute when Gelson Martins did well to get to the byline and pull the ball back to Nani, but his first-time volley flew just wide of the near-post, although it came to the Valencia midfielder quickly.
In the 13th minute Portugal were given a golden chance to open the scoring from the penalty-spot after Rafael Márquez was penalised for a rash challenge in the area on André Silva. The referee consulted with the Video Assistant Referee system before pointing to the spot. However André Silva’s spot-kick was saved by Ochoa, who guessed right to brilliantly palm the effort behind.
The Portuguese should have scored from the resulting-corner, which eventually found the unmarked Nani, who somehow headed over the bar from close-range, when he should have scored.
In the 30th minute the Mexicans went close when Carlos Vela wonderfully found Javier Hernández with a fine disguised-pass and the former Manchester United striker cut-inside to fire an effort at-goal that Rui Patrício did well to tip over the bar.
Seven minutes later Portugal went close when João Moutinho found Nélson Semedo, whose fierce effort from the edge of the area was palmed away by Ochoa.
Three minutes before the break Mexico nearly became the architects of their downfall when Oribe Peralta headed a Martins cross just wide of his own-goal and into the side-netting, following a corner.
Eight minutes into the restart the European Champions went close when Martins latched onto André Silva’s lobbed-pass to volley an effort just wide of the near-post.
Two minutes later the North and Central American Champions took the lead. Hernández did well to get to the byline and send a teasing delivery across the face of goal that evaded Peralta and Patrício before hitting the unfortunate Neto and finding the back of the net.
Mexico had a good chance to double their lead a minute later, when Carlos Vela sent Héctor Herrera through on-goal but Patrício did well to come off his line and smother the danger.
Three minutes later Portugal had a good chance to draw level when Pizzi exchanges passes with Martins, whose pull-back found the Benfica man, who fired the ball wide from close-range.
Two minutes later the Portugues should have drawn level when André Silva’s cross was headed back across goal by Moutinho with a cushioned-header into Martins, who looked set to score, but his header was somehow palmed behind by Ochoa with a terrific reaction-save from point blank-range.
Portugal went close from the resulting-corner, which was met by Nani with a header that drifted just wide.
In the 64th minute Mexico went close to a second goal when Neto’s headed clearance fell to Vela, who fired an effort on the volley just wide.
In the 82nd minute the Mexicans had another good chance to extend their lead when Vela sent Hernández through on-goal, but his effort from a tight-angle was smothered away by Patrício.
Time was running-out for the European Champions but in the first of four additional minutes, Pepe latched onto substitute Ricardo Quaresma’s cross to level the scores and force Extra-Time.
Two minutes into the first period of Extra-Time, the Mexicans had a great chance to take the lead when a corner was flicked-on into the path of substitute Hirving Lozano at the back-post, but his effort was smothered away by Patrício, who made a fine reaction-save.
Ten minutes later Portugal were given another golden opportunity to take the lead when the referee awarded another penalty for the European Champions after Layún handled in the area in an attempt to prevent Martins from flicking the ball over him. Adrien Silva stepped up to fire the penalty home, sending Ochoa the wrong way.
Portugal went in search for another, two minutes later when a swift counter-attack led by substitute William Carvalho eventually enabled Quaresma, to fire an effort at-goal from a tight-angle, but again Ochoa made a good save to smother the ball behind.
A minute into the second period of Extra-Time, Mexico were given a lifeline when Semedo, who was already on a booking, received a second yellow card for a high challenge on substitute Hirving Lozano.
However five minutes later the Mexicans were reduced to ten-men themselves when substitute Jiménez received a second yellow card and was dismissed for a high challenge on Benfica teammate Eliseu.
The sending-off didn’t affect the Mexicans’ game-plan, however, as they went close six minutes later when Herrera fired an effort on the volley from-range that Patrício did very well to palm away.
A minute later Mexico had another good chance when Héctor Moreno latched onto a teasing delivery from Lozano with a diving-header, but it drifted just wide of the near-post, although he was claiming he was nudged in the area. The referee was unmoved but Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio was furious and was sent to the stands for his protestations.
The result meant that Portugal finished their first ever FIFA Confederations Cup campaign in third while Mexico finished in fourth place, ahead of the Final between Chile and Germany.