The Portugal v Mexico is on Sunday, June 18, at 11 a.m. ET. Portugal will play Mexico in the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunday, June 18, 2017.
With Ronaldo looking at the peak of his game, Portugal trained for the first time in Russian Federation on Thursday ahead of its Confederations Cup debut against Mexico on Sunday.
Cristiano Ronaldo, coming off a tumultuous week off the field, had set up Ricardo Quaresma’s opening goal for Portugal, and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez hit Mexico’s equalizer just before halftime.
In his next game, Silva scored a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands, when Ronaldo added one goal in another 6-0 victory.
After seeing Russian Federation defeat New Zealand on Saturday’s Confederations Cup opener, Portugal and Mexico will be confident of securing six points from their remaining two games and being involved in the semifinals.
Rui Patricio is the undisputed option in goal, while the Euro 2016 winning pair of Cedric Soares and Raphael Guerreiro as full-backs.
Pepe’s 21st minute goal looked to have put the defending European champs ahead, but the head referee immediately went to his headset to communicate with his assistants and assess whether the play should be reviewed.
“In the end it was a well-deserved result after how we played today”, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said. “It’s good that we get to play it right now, in our first game”.
“I can only tell you that with the squad Portugal brought, it’s basically the best team they could have, apart from Renato Sanches”.
“I stand by Ronaldo’s character and integrity, both as a man and as an athlete”, said Santos, who coached Ronaldo when the player was a teenager in Portugal before leaving to play for Manchester United. That being said, we know how unsafe Chicharito and Mexico can be.
“Mexico has shown that it is a very good team, always playing attacking football”, Alves said.
But Ronaldo has also publicly expressed his discontentment about being jeered at times by some Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, saying that it’s unfair considering all that he has done for the club since arriving in 2009. After Vela played him through with a delicious pass over the defense, Hernandez should have done better when his attempt on goal sailed off the frame.
On Tuesday, a Spanish state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 totaling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million). The team said that he couldn’t go because he was receiving post-game treatment, although it said it wasn’t anything serious.
Ronaldo carried the ball into the area but was surrounded by three defenders and he passed it to Quaresma, who was free from markers on the far side of the box.