Portugal win Bronze at FIFA Confederations Cup

Mexico vs Portugal Preview El Tri Aiming to Leave Confederations Cup On a Positive Note

Mexico vs Portugal Preview El Tri Aiming to Leave Confederations Cup On a Positive Note

But in the dying minutes, veteran defender Pepe popped up inside the penalty box to turn home an inviting cross, sending the match into extra time.

They went on to lose the chance to go ahead when Andre Silva lost a penalty kick in the first half.

Portugal were the more attacking of the two teams for much of the opening hour but they were dealt a major blow when Neto inadvertently deflected Javier Hernandez's cross into the net. The decisive goal was scored by Portugal's Adrien Silva from the penalty shot during the 104th minute of the game.

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Mexico, champions of this tournament in 1999, had taken the lead after 54 minutes when keeper Rui Patricio missed a Chicharito cross and the ball bounced in off Luis Neto's leg for an own goal. 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.

Semedo and Jimenez both picked up second yellow cards for high boots in the closing stages but Portugal held firm for the bronze-medal position in their first appearance at this tournament.

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