Portugal v Mexico – Liveblog
Day two of the FIFA Confederations Cup takes us to Kazan where the European Champions will take on the CONCACAF champion Mexico. Sadly the Kazan Arena will not be sold out when the two favourites of Group A clash against each other. Nonetheless, Portugal v Mexico should be a fascinating match we will bring you all the latest on our liveblog.
Portugal v Mexico – 2-2
Portugal v Mexico ends in a 2-2 draw. For a long time it appeared that both sides were happy with the early 1-1 draw. A late Cedric goal then made Portugal look like the winners before Hector Moreno equalized in the dying moments of the game. Portugal will now face Russia on Wednesday at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. Portugal will be the slight favourites, but Russia’s home advantage could make life difficult for the Seleção. Mexico in the meantime will face New Zealand in Sotchi on Wednesday in what will be a must win match for El Tri.
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Hector Moreno equalizes the scoreline with a wonderful header after a corner kick.
Martins almost makes it 3-1 for Portugal. The Sporting forward forces off a shot while holding off two Mexico defenders. The ball, however, misses its mark by a few centimetres.
History here! This goal is also under video review, but the technical commission cannot find anything wrong with Cedric’s finish and the goal stands.
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Cedric with the goal for Portugal! The wing-back wins the ball in the box and forces off a shot that is reflected past Ochoa into the net.
Almost the winner for Portugal. Andre Silva is free in the box, but his close range effort is parried by Ochoa.
Chance by Giovani do Santos. But his shot from outside the penalty box misses the target. On the other side Quaresma tries to find a way through but he lacks the imagination to make a proper attack happen.
Still 1-1 and the match does not promise any more goals. Time to look ahead to the second game of the evening. Here are some thoughts on Cameroon vs Chile.
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What about Ronaldo? The Real Madrid striker has been widely absent in the second half.
Miguel Layun with a good free kick from 30-yards out. But ultimately the ball misses the target and we remain in a deadlock.
Rafa Marquez has come on for new Eintracht Frankfurt defender Carlos Salcedo. The former Barcelona defender is likely brought on by El Tri head coach Juan Carlos Osorio to stabilize the defence. Further indication that Mexico are happy with the point here.
The game has flatlined. Both sides seem to be rather happy with the draw.
Both coaches with changes. Mexico are bringing Giovani dos Santos for Carlos Vela and Portugal are making a double substitution bringing on Gelson Martins for Nani and Adrien for Moutinho. Can the new players bring some much needed impetus to this game?
Mexico are stronger now, but at the same time they seem to lack the sort of efficient play required to break down Portugal’s defence. The European Champions in the meantime seem content to sit back and absorb the pressure.
Mexico with more pressure now. Diego Reyes receives the ball 20-yards from goal straights straigt for the target. His shot misses the goal, however.
After a free-kick Mexico cross the ball dangerously into Portugal’s penalty box, but no-one can reach the ball and the score remains tide 1-1.
We are back underway here in Kazan. Neither coach has made any changes.
Portugal v Mexico – Halftime
1-1 at halftime seems to be a fair result. Portugal had chances to make it 2-0 after Quaresma scored, but on the other side Mexico should have gotten a second goal when Chicharito was left wide open inside the box just before halftime. It was a nice conclusion to a first half that begun slowly and ended with two wonderful goals.
Chicharito should have gotten his second goal. The striker is picked out by Vela inside the box but leans back a bit to much and the ball sails wide over the net.
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Great combination play here by Mexico to equalize the game. Carlos Vela spots Chicharito in the five-yard box and the Bayer Leverkusen striker makes no mistake to bury the ball for the equalizer.
On the other side Portugal almost score their second. Cristiano and Quaresma play a wonderful one-two pass, but Quaresma then elects to shoot rather than picking out the better positioned Cedric.
Almost the equalizer by Chicharito. The Mexican attacker receives a wonderful cross by Carlos Vela, but his header is easily caught by Portugal’s keeper Rui Patricio.
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Cristiano Ronaldo wins the ball in Mexico’s half and runs into El Tri’s box. But the Portuguese striker stumbles over the ball and instead of shooting passes it over to Ricardo Quaresma, who simply has to pass the ball in the back of the net.
Almost the goal for Portugal here. William Carvalho with a cross into the box and the ball gets reflected towards Ochoa’s net, who has to do well to tip the ball over the bar.
Mexico with a good free-kick chance here. Carlos Vela curves the ball around the ball but also misses the goal.
Portugal with the next chance! Ricardo Quaresma plays the ball through to Bernardo Silva, who breaks through on the left flank, but the ankle becomes to tight and Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa can parry the shot.
Goooooool by Pepe. At least that is what everyone thinks. But the referee had the play reviewed by the video referee and ruled the goal offside. The decision just took a few seconds and shows that it is a useful tool.
Our Golazo Podcast team of Bryce Dunn and Manuel Veth expected that both countries will go deep in the tournament. But thus far the two countries are failing to show that they want to win this tournament.
More then 15 minutes gone and both teams struggle to find creativity. Thankfully there is no shortage on the stands especially when El Tri fans are around.
Overall this feels a bit like a friendly summer kick around. Mexico are certainly the more active of the two teams, but El Tri lack the creativity to break down Portugal, who seem to resort to their European Championship tactics by sitting back and waiting for counter attacks.
Free-kick for Mexico on the right flank. But Andres Guadrado’s attempt hits a Portuguese defender.
Carlos Vela in the meantime is lined up on the right side of the pitch. Mexico therefore with a traditional 4-3-3. And El Tri are definitely the stronger of the two in the opening phase.
Mexico dominant here in the early going. El Tri have lined up Chicharito on the left-wing with Raul Jimenez playing at the centre of the park.
Portugal v Mexico – Kick off
Chicharito fires the squad on before the match this is going to be a cracker!
Portugal v Mexico – Buildup
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Kazan presents itself to the world in a mini-opening ceremony. The capital of the Republic of Tatarstan is certainly a pearl of the Russian Federation. Sadly the stadium will not be sold out for tonight’s match, however, as Kazan has struggled to attract large crowds to football matches.
We spoke to some El Tri fans yesterday in Saint Petersburg and they are very excited to support Chicharito, Marco Fabián and Co. at this tournament. Mexico together with Chile may have one of the largest contingents of fans at the competition. The Futbolgrad Network spoke to a source yesterday, which revealed that most tickets for this tournament were bought in the United States. With the United States not in the tournament, however, it is likely that most of those tickets went to Mexico fans living in the USA.
And here is Mexico’s lineup.
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The lineup for Portugal v Mexico are here. Here is Portugal’s lineup:
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The match Portugal v Mexico is of course overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent announcement that he is going to leave Real Madrid this summer. According to Marca Cristiano Ronaldo has told his Real Madrid teammates that his decision is irreversible. Officially Cristiano Ronaldo seems angry that the Spanish tax authorities have begun investigations against him and fears that they will use him to set an example, but there have also been suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to force Real Madrid to increase his salary. The topic will certainly follow us throughout the tournament.