Portugal and Mexico Advanced Into Confederations Cup Semifinals
Two teams that started their Confederations Cup campaign with a 2-2 draw, Portugal and Mexico, successfully advanced into the knock out stages of that competition.
European Selecao finished their third group game in a convincing fashion as they defeated New Zealand 4-0, while El Tri knocked out home team, Russia 2-1.
Starting Cristiano Ronaldo up front with young striker, Andre Silva, Portugal immediately put on an aggressive display since kick off.
After missing couple of opportunities, the Euro 2016 champion finally opened their scoring on 33 minutes through Ronaldo’s spot kick.
Fernando Santos’ men doubled their advantage soon afterwards, this time it was new Manchester City man, Bernando Silva, who finished off a fine attacking move with his close range placing.
After the break, Portugal continue to push forward as they added two more goal from Andre Silva’s excellent strike along with Nani’s shot from inside the penalty area.
Meanwhile, a more thrilling encounter happened between Mexico and Russia as both teams still have the same chance in going through the group ahead of their match up.
The host actually made a better start as they got themselves in front through Aleksandr Samedov on 25 minutes.
However, that lead only lasted for five minutes as the Concacaf side equalized from Nestor Araujo’s effort.
Those two sides kept on pushing hard in search for that winning goal and it was Mexico that got that massive breakthrough as Hirving Lozano scored on 52 minutes.
Russia’s attempt in snatching an equalizing goal becomes much harder as they were forced to finish the match with only 10 men following Yuri Zhirkov’s sending off.