Portugal vs Mexico
League: FIFA Confederations Cup Group stage
Date: Sunday, 18th June 2017
Time: Kick off at 16:00
Venue: Kazan Arena
Sunday afternoon, Cristiano Ronaldo and Chicharito Hernandez Mexico in Russian Kazan play their first group match in the Confederations Cup. The winner of this meeting is standing straight with a leg in the semi-finals.
Not all countries take the Confederations Cup, the usual warm-up one year before the World Cup, as seriously. For example, Germany traveled with a B-selection to Russia. Portugal’s hunger for prizes has not yet been set, because Fernando Santos’s coach coach has rolled all his valves, with Cristiano Ronaldo as the main vedette. After last year’s EK, the South Europeans were burned to add an international trophy to their prize box this summer.
Especially Cristiano Ronaldo will undoubtedly claim to be on Sunday evening. This week, both Portuguese and Spanish media reported that Real Madrid’s star player would want to leave because club management was unable to support him in his case of alleged tax fraud. The superstar himself refused to respond to these rumors and would rather talk to his feet. Portugal, however, is much more than just CR7. Joao Moutinho and Bernardo Silva took the French country title with AS Monaco last season. Due to his strong game, the latter was even rewarded with a move to Manchester City. However, in the rear, the Portuguese are vulnerable. Four defenders are 33 or over, while the other selected defenders are very inexperienced. Fernando Santos must therefore choose between a lack of speed or a lack of routine.
Probable setup Portugal
Rui Patricio; Soares, Fonte, Pepe, Guerreiro; Carvalho; Moutinho, Gomes, Nani; Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva
Of all participants, Mexico made the most of the Confederations Cup. The Central Americans make the summer for the seventh time the usual warm-up for the World Cup. The home front hopes for a 1999 match when the country as organizer managed to win the tournament.
Coach Osorio leaves nothing by chance and has composed a very experienced selection. The 23-piece selection of El Tri together holds up to 1132 caps, by far the highest number of all participating countries. Former FC Barcelona squad Rafa Marquez and PSV midfielder Guardado tense the crown with 139 and 136 interlands respectively. However, there is also room for fresh blood, because also lozano super talent is out of the party. According to various Mexican media, the wings would already be around with PSV, although Technical Director Brands still holds his lips stubbornly. On the basis of attack leader Chicharito Hernandez he has everything to unfold himself to the revelation of the tournament.
Given the excellent mix of experience and talent, Mexico is obliged to achieve at least the semifinal. With only one defeat in the last twelve interlands, Mexico is busy with a strong series, although the painful elimination of last year’s Copa America Centenario has not yet been forgotten. In the quarterfinals, later winner Chili with no less than 0-7 (!) Proved far too strong for Osorio coach coaches. Chile is classified in Group B in this Confederation Cup, so Mexico may have a chance of winning this tournament later.
Probable setup Mexico
Ochoa; Salcedo, Marquez, Moreno, Layun; Guardado, Herrera, Fabian; Vela, Hernandez, Lozano
Portugal vs Mexico Head to Head [H2H]:
07.06.14 FI Mexico Portugal 0 : 1
21.06.06 WC Portugal Mexico 2 : 1
- Portugal have only failed to win two of their last 13 matches and they’ve kept nine clean sheets in that period.
- Mexico have only lost two of their last 36 matches and should not be underestimated by Fernando Santos’ men.
Both Teams to Score.