Portugal Beat Mexico in Match for Third Place in FIFA Confederations Cup

Beth Cruz
July 3, 2017

Portugal have beaten Mexico 2-1 in what can described as a fairly dramatic third and fourth place of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

The midfielder converted a penalty after Pepe had snatched an equaliser in stoppage time to cancel out an own goal from Luis Neto.

Both teams ended the game at Spartak Stadium with 10 men as Portugal's Nelson Semedo was dismissed in the 106th and Mexico's Raul Jimenez six minutes later. But despite the big score played the national team of Mexico, it was bright with fire and by and large in no way inferior to formidable opponents, well, the defeat certainly did not deserve. According to the old tradition, games for the third place are effective, opponents play at their pleasure, trying to finish the tournament with a attractive game.

And just when it was looking as if the European champions would return home empty-handed, Pepe lunged to bundle home a low cross in the opening minute of injury time.

Portugal, who missed a spot kick given thanks to the video assistant referees 16 minutes into the match, were awarded a second penalty after 104 minutes when Miguel Layun handled the ball.

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