July 2nd saw the third place match between Mexico and Portugal take place.
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. Mexico is at the spot of 17th, which is still means they are a world-class team. Mexico never looked like they didn’t have a good chance of taking the game however.
The 16th minute saw Mexico’s Rafael Márquez receive a yellow card. A minute later, Portugal’s André Silva stepped up for a penalty. His shot was saved. By the 26th minute, Portugal’s Nelson Semedo was given a yellow card. These were all of the first half highlights.
The 54th minute saw Portugal’s Luís Neto score an own goal. Mexico had a 1-0 lead now. By the 61st minute, Mexico subbed in Hirving Lozano for Oribe Peralta. The 70th minute saw Portugal sub out Nani for Ricardo Quaresma, When the 80th minute hit Mexico subbed in Jonathan dos Santos in place of Andrés Guardado. Two minutes later Portugal subbed out João Moutinho for Adrien Silva, and Danilo Pereira for André Gomes. The 85th minute saw Mexico sub in Raúl Jiménez for Chicharito. By added time Mexico looked as if they had the game in hand. This all changed when Pepe scored a last minute goal. The game was now 1-1. The 90th minute came, but the last minute goal by Portugal caused the game to need to go to overtime.
To begin the first half of extra time Portugal subbed in William Carvalho to replace Pizzi. Mexico’s 94th minute yellow card that went to Raúl Jiménez. Four minutes later, Mexico’s Héctor Moreno followed this up by getting a yellow card of his own. By the 104th minute Portugal’s Adrien Silva was able to convert the penalty to take the lead. Portugal now lead 2-1. There were no other highlights in this half of extra time.
Without further ado the second half of extra time was begun. To began the first half of extra time Mexico subbed out Rafael Marquez for Marco Fabián. One minute into the second half of extra time Nelson Semedo–of Portugal–was given a second yellow card leading to a red card. The 112th minute saw Mexico’s Raúl Jiménez receive a second yellow card resulting in a red card. This concluded the highlights for the second half of extra time.
With this win Portugal was awarded third place for the 2017 Confederations Cup. Mexico looked like they would win the match multiple times, but in the end they just couldn’t pull it off.
The Confederations Cup still has a match 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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