Favourites Portugal, Mexico meet early in Confederations Cup

Favourites Portugal, Mexico meet early in Confederations Cup

Russian Federation play Portugal and Mexico take on New Zealand on Wednesday.

Key Opta stats: – Mexico are participating in their seventh Confederations Cup, equalling Brazil for the most appearances at the tournament.

“It’s not the result we wanted, we had the game nearly won”, said Ronaldo, who was voted the man of the match.

“However, our team is not bad either, and we really think we have a chance of winning”. Portugal, the defending European champions, play Mexico on Sunday in their Group A opener in the eight-nation competition that serves as a warm-up for next year’s World Cup in Russian Federation.

Eduardo Vargas appeared to have put the South American champions ahead on the stroke of half-time, only to have his goal chalked off by the video referee who deemed the striker to be in an offside position.

A frantic end to the first half gave way to a boring second as both sides were found wanting with their final ball, with Ronaldo – isolated after Nani’s withdrawal – unable to influence the game.

“In the end it was a well-deserved result after how we played today”, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said. “We want to send a big hug to everyone in Portugal for what they are going through, which is absolutely bad”.

Writing in his column on the West Ham 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”.

Ronaldo, who has a host of clubs believing they can sign him if he leaves Real Madrid, said that he would shave his head if Real Madrid won the Champions League. “The draw is a fair result without doubt”, said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, whose side wore black armbands in honour of the victims of a deadly forest fire back home. “We are all with Portugal“, Infantino said.

The players wore black arm bands during the game against Mexico.

Ronaldo, the reigning world player of the year, is enjoying one of his greatest career runs, having scored 18 goals in his last 11 matches, including two in Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final.

A regular of Portugal’s youth teams, Silva began attracting headlines when he joined Porto’s senior squad and played well from the start, finishing the season with 21 goals.

The Portuguese sports daily A Bola published a front-page story Friday saying that Ronaldo was upset with the accusations made against him and that his decision was “irreversible”.

“Those are the rules and if [the VAR] benefits football, very well”, he told a post-match news conference.

The Portugal captain could not control the ball to shoot but his brilliant pass between three defenders left Quaresma free to round keeper Guillermo Ochoa and tap into the empty net.