The 2017 Confederations Cup will have already seen one match played entering Sunday, June 18.
European Champions Portugal will face off Mexico in the Group A match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday.
A loss here wouldn’t have been a disaster. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Andre Silva and Bernardo Silva make Portugal a serious threat in this competition.
The quality of El Tri’s players would also have been debated. Portugal looked a threat on the break and could have regained their lead when Ronaldo set up Quaresma again, although Giovani dos Santos wasted a good chance of his own.
Few players have succeeded alongside Ronaldo in Portugal’s attack recently.
If the game was a test of those factors, Mexico passed.
He said: “It was not the result we wanted, the team had the game nearly won and we conceded a goal in the last minutes, but that is football“. “We nearly had the game won but we suffered in the final minutes”. We played without confidence, couldn’t connect two or three passes. “It speaks well of Mexico, of the work we are doing”. “It’s deserved and what Mexico have done deserves praise, to go toe-to-toe with the champions of Europe”, he said.
Vidal would succeed where his team-mate failed nine minutes from time, heading powerfully into the Cameroon net.
Group A also includes Russian Federation and New Zealand which played their game on Saturday.
Guardado may well be right. Once a player who appeared fairly ambivalent towards the national team, and soccer in general, the winger is now much more mature and dedicated than ever before.
42′ – GOAL! Portugal 1-1 Mexico. Ten of its players are with Portuguese teams. We know these days that possession of the ball is the most important thing. It was the first use of the VAR system at the Confederations Cup.
Writing in his column on West Ham’s website, Fonte said: “We are obviously used to spending time together away at tournaments, and it helps that we have a great bunch of lads and are all very close. There is no reason to be concerned, we have to think about the next match“.
Moreno pointed out that there is more than one similarity between Osorio’s outlook and those of his former club managers Louis van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino.
A short statement to FIFA’s in-house television reporters, lamenting that his team “suffered at the last minute” due to Hector Moreno’s late equaliser, was the only material anybody had to go on, though Ronaldo later said there was no need for Portugal “to sound the alarm” in relation to the result. It was bold, technical, intense and good to watch.
Portugal, nevertheless, will begin as favourites against their North American rivals.