Portugal vs Mexico
League: FIFA Confederations Cup 3rd Place Playoff
Date: Sunday, 2nd July 2017
Time: Kick off at 14:00
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow
For Portugal, the Confederation Cup has been turned out to be a deception. In the group phase there was no dirt in the first place, but in the semifinal against Chile it went wrong. After both regular play time and extension did not produce goals, a penalty shootout had to be finalized. In that, Chili’s closing post Bravo proved to be an enormous plague spirit, as he stopped no less than three Portuguese punishments.
The bronze slice is of course a nice souvenir, but the real toppers are not really hot too. Coach Fernando Santos therefore decided to send superstar Cristiano Ronaldo after a long and declining season – he is out of the party on Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg. He recently became a twin father, but stayed at the Portuguese camp to help his teammakers. By the way, defender Raphael Guerreiro is already on vacation. He has been injured for a while, so he did not want to stay with the selection.
The extent to which Portugal can charge for this consolation final is of course only the question. However, according to defender Cedric Soares, motivation is not a problem: “We’re in third place, even without Cristiano Ronaldo.” There is a chance that Fernando Santos will rotate in this duel to provide some other players playing time.
Portugal are expected to make changes to the side that were beaten on penalties by Chile in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been given special leave and will not feature on Sunday, while Raphael Guerreiro is out through injury.
Pepe will return to the starting XI after missing the semi-final through suspension.
Fernando Santos may ring the changes and give some of his fringe players a run out.
Probable Lineup Portugal
Beto; Eliseu, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Nelsinho; Quaresma, Pizzi, Danilo Pereira, Bernardo Silva; Nani, Andre Silva
Of course Mexico also had a lot to be in the final, although this comfort final is not quite a surprise. The Central Americans only started as an outsider to the Confederation Cup. The country managed to keep Russia and New Zealand behind, but in the semi-finals Germany proved 4-1 to be too strong for the team of coach Osorio. The ruling world champion rebuked El Tri’s defensive mistakes even though Osorio had another match: “I think we had earned more on the basis of the chances we created. Unfortunately, we were not efficient enough. ” Of course, you as a coach would like to create a positive atmosphere, but Germany was simply a buddy too big. Mexico has never managed to keep her goal clear in four games.
At Mexico, no-one received premature holidays. However, Osorio is likely to roll. PSV midfielder Guardado most likely returns to the base after a suspension. Perhaps we also see the new PSV win Lozano again. He signed in the closing group match against Russia for the winning goal.
Andres Guardado is free to return to the starting XI after missing the 4-1 defeat to Germany through suspension. Mexico may also make changes for the third place play-off on Sunday.
Probable Lineup Mexico
Ochoa; Layun, Araujo, Moreno, Reyes; Guardado, Herrera, Santos; Lozano, Hernandez, Vela
Chile vs Germany Head to Head [H2H]:
18.06.17 CC Portugal Mexico 2 : 2
07.06.14 FI Mexico Portugal 0 : 1
21.06.06 WC Portugal Mexico 2 : 1
- It remains to be seen how both teams will line up for the third place play-off, but changes are expected for a fixture neither team wants to be in.
- Mexico were thumped 4-1 by Germany in their semi-final and it remains to be seen how their confidence is after that.
- Portugal haven’t lost a major tournament match inside 90 minutes since June 2014.
- These two sides drew 2-2 in the group stages of the competition but Portugal are favourites here even if they will be without Cristiano Ronaldo.
Both Teams to Score.