Portugal Finished Third in Confederations Cup
Euro 2016 champions, Portugal picked up a celebratory reward on their participation in 2017 Confederations Cup as Fernando Santos’ men grabbed third place position.
Playing without their super star, Cristiano Ronaldo, Selecao were able to defeat Mexico 2-1 through extra time in such dramatic situation.
Ronaldo’s absence was certainly felt by the Portuguese side, especially since their front line was mostly lead by their young emerging talents, such as Andre Silva and Gelson Martins.
That tense atmosphere seemingly still clouding Santos’ boys, as they missed the chance to go one up during the first 45 minutes when Silva couldn’t convert from the spot kick.
Things seemingly swung into Mexico’s favor early in the second period as they got themselves ahead thanks to an own goal from Luis Neto.
That game opened up after that opening goal, as Portugal were more fired up in pushing forward in search for an equalizing goal.
The European champion finally snatched that all important equalized through a late strike from their veteran defender Pepe.
Drawing 1-1 for the full 90 minutes, both sides were forced to battle it up for another 2×15 minutes in search for the third place spot winner.
Eventually, it was Portugal that got themselves the spot when they turned things around with a spot kick from Adrien Silva.
Although the time got heated afterwards with two sending offs for each teams, no more goals were scored as that slender lead from Santos’ men were enough for them in securing that third place position.