June 21st saw another Group A match. This time between Portugal vs Russia.
The favorite for this match was Portugal. The reason being, Portugal according to Fifa’s rankings is the 8th best national team in the world. Russia is at the spot of 63rd, which means they were quite the under-dog. On top of this, Portugal has arguably one of the top 2 players in the world–Ronaldo– while Russia doesn’t have–in my opinion–a player in the top 80. There was little reason why Portugal wouldn’t win.
Russia got the ball to begin the first half. It only took till the 8th minute for Ronaldo to open up the scoring. Portugal held a 1-0 lead. Another key event was the yellow card acquired by Russian midfielder, Denis Glushakov, after a bad foul. While of course other events transpired, these were the only key ones from the first half.
Portugal kicked it off to begin the second half. In the 45th minute seeing that something needed to be done, Russia subbed out Aleksandr Erokhin so that Roman Shishkin could be brought on. By the 57th minute, Portugal received their first yellow card. It was given to Pepe for a handball. By the 65th minute Portugal was forced to sub out Raphael Guerreiro due to injury. As a replacement they brought on Eliseu. When the match was 68 minutes in Portugal had still been leading despite Russia’s best attempts. They decided that they could possibly fix this by subbing out Dmitriy Poloz for Dmitri Kombarov. Portugal’s Bernardo Silva received his first yellow card in the 71st minute. This was due to a foul. Only a minute had to pass for Russia to answer back with a yellow card of their own. Giorgi Jikia was the individual who was carded. By the 76th minute, Aleksandr Samedov had committed a bad foul of his own. This caused him to be carded making the total of Russia’s yellow cards to three. The 78th minute saw Portugal sub out Gelson Martins in favor of André Silva. Portugal made another substitution by the 82nd minute. This time they subbed out Danilo Pereira for Adrien Silva. Only a minute later Russia followed suit subbing out Aleksandr Bukharov for Fyodor Kudryashov. The 90th minute came, and the match was over.
As Russia with a win would of been into the Semi-Finals, this loss was a huge blow to their morale. After all, they would likely lose their third match as well which would eliminate them. With Russia losing, the door was now open for Mexico and Portugal to advance through the competition. Group A will likely come to the last game.
The Confederations Cup still has a lot of matches to look forward to. We will be covering all the other matches, so if you are interested in what happens for each match but can’t watch them live, then we have got you covered. Big matches will be covered live with play-by-play–our play-by-play focuses on key moments, though a lot is covered–.
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