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Portugal vs Mexico: 2017 Confederations Cup

Portugal vs Mexico: 2017 Confederations Cup




Two of the favorites to win the 2017 Confederations Cup square off on Sunday in Kazan, Russia. Portugal, winner of Euro 2016, and CONCACAF Cup champion Mexico battle in a tasty Group A showdown. 

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Portugal into the cup with big-time momentum while Juan Carlos Osorio's team is hoping to rebound from a poor showing last week against the United States. 

Preview and Prediction

Any team having to face Ronaldo is usually considered second-favourites, and Portugal will believe their superstar gives them a huge advantage over the Mexicans in Russia.

However, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has warned against focussing on just the Real Madrid icon as the two sides meet.


Tom Marshall of ESPN FC quoted the stopper ahead of the contest as he referenced the attacker.

"It's Portugal, not just Cristiano," said Ochoa. "We know what type of player he is, but aside from him, there are other quality players that we have to stop."

The Portuguese are blessed with creative quality, with Bernardo Silva, Ricardo Quaresma, Gelson Martins, Andre Gomes and Danilo Pereira all pushing for starts.

Silva is considered one of the brightest talents in Europe, and his recent move to Manchester City will showcase his talent on the Premier League stage next term.

The player was sublime for Monaco this past season, scoring eight goals and claiming nine assists in Ligue 1, according to WhoScored.com.

Hector Moreno should lead the defensive line for El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio, as the team attempts to provide Chicharito with a supply line.

Per WhoScored, Nestor Araujo could be drafted in to the starting XI in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Chicharito scored only 11 goals in 26 Bundesliga appearances for Bayer Leverkusen last term, according to Squawka.

However, the striker remains his country's biggest threat against the quality and experience of Pepe.

Portugal are in excellent form, and they have responded with vigour to being the European champions.

Ronaldo has proved with Madrid he is still the alpha male of world football, despite his ageing legs, and he will want to be the hero against Mexico's versatile defence.



Match Dwtails:
Portugal vs Mexico
FIFA Confederations Cup Group stage
Today, 6:00 PM
Kazan Arena





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