Confederations Cup: Portugal beat Mexico to finish third

Adrien Silva scored a penalty for overtime when Portugal recovered from a goal against Mexico 2-1 in the third game Sunday at the Confederations Cup in Moscow.

Luis Neto grabbed his own hand arch Mexico a 54-minute lead, but Pepe stabbed home an equalizer time to force extra 30-minute Spartak Stadium.

Silva and then connected his first international goal after a hand inside the box 104 minutes while both teams finished with 10 men as Nelson Semedo was sent back to Portugal before Raul Jimenez did not see red for Mexico.

“It was a very tough battle, but we played very well in attack, we managed to create many chances and I think it was a deserved victory for us,” said Pepe’s center back.

“Of course we wanted to play in the final, to argue in favor of the Confederations Cup, but after we could not do it, we had to show our best in the game for third place.

The champions of Europe Portugal did not have captain Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid star was discharged from the team to return home to meet his newborn twins.

Portugal and Mexico won 2-2 in the opening match of the group stage when Héctor Moreno regained a last point of achievement for the Gold Cup winners but were beaten for a price consolation in the Russian capital.

Portugal should have been before the rain of 17 minutes as Andre Silva was awakened by Rafael Marquez, 38, and the video assistant referee delivered the kick.

But Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa threw himself superbly to his right to push the refusal Andre Silva into the post. Rui Patricio tried to deny Javier Hernandez, author of Mexico, about half an hour, but Portugal goalkeeper was beaten shortly after the break.

The Hernández derivation cross floated beyond Carlos Vela and Patricio, with the return of the center of Zenit of Saint Petersburg, Neto, that without realizing it became well placed.

Portugal was in search of an equalizer and Gelson Martins – replacing Ronaldo in the attack -. He was denied an excellent saving Ochoa with just over an hour of play, but Ochoa was beaten until the first minute of the time of discount when Pepe hurries to go to the front of the right crossed Ricardo Quaresma to force the extra time.

Silva, in substitution, grabbed the winner just before the end of the first extra time, burying a penalty after Miguel Layun is handled in the box. Semedo was sent off after 106 minutes after lifting a second yellow card, but Mexico’s numerical advantage cleared up quickly when Jimenez scored his running orders.

“Both teams played smart football today, but Portugal was slightly better,” admitted Ochoa. “We put them under pressure at the end of the overtime, but we have failed to level again, as we did at our first meeting here.”

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