Portugal registered a come from behind win against Mexico in the Confederations Cup 2017 third-place play-off in Moscow. Adrien Silva netted a goal in extra-time penalty to help his side win by 2-1.
Cristiano Ronaldo minus Portugal at one stage were a goal behind but made a fine recovery to end up as winning side. The first half ended with both teams failing to find the net.
However, in the 54th minute, Luis Neto’s gaffe handed Mexico a lead as he netted one into his own goal. Javier Hernandez fired a low cross across as it missed Patricio near the post and then bounced off Neto and into his own net. Also Catch- Germany vs Chile Free Live Streaming Confederations Cup 2017 Final
Portugal then found the much-needed equaliser through Pepe in the stoppage time. A cross from Ricardo Quaresma was perfectly dispatched into the goal by Pepe. With scores tied the game then went into the extra time.
Substitute Adrien Silva then scored the winner in the 104th minute after Miguel Layun’s handball helped Portugal earn a penalty spot. Silva, who was brought in as a substitute in the 82nd minute, dashed Mexico’s hopes with his successful conversion.
“It was a really tough battle but we played very good in attack, we managed to create plenty of chances and I think it’s a deserved win for us,” Pepe was quoted as saying by AFP.
“Of course we wanted to play in the final, to clash for the Confederations Cup. But after we failed to get that result, we needed to show our best in the third-place game. Luckily we did everything right,” he added. Also Read- FIFA U17 World Cup: India’s Group Matches Shifted to Delhi
This was the second meeting in the tournament between Portugal and Mexico, having met earlier in the group stage. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Germany meet Chile later on Sunday in the finals of 2017 Confederations Cup.