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Portugal beats Mexico in Confederations Cup third place game

03 Juillet 2017

But in the 91st minute, Real Madrid defender Pepe, who was suspended in the semi-final loss to Chile, equalised for Portugal to take the game to extra-time.

Portugal are without captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who returned home to meet his newborn twin sons for the first time following the semifinal defeat.

Portugal's Nelson Semedo and Mexico's Raul Jimenez got red cards during the second extra time.

It wouldn't have been El Tri's best finish at the Confederations Cup - they won it as hosts in 1999 - but it would have been a nice feather in the cap to take home.

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Luis Neto, of Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg, could also come into the starting team in defense, while youngster Gelson Martins and Pizzi could also feature at Spartak Stadium on Sunday.

The wise move would be to rest Silva, with the match having little importance after both Portugal and Mexico missed out on the final, which will be contested by Germany and Chile.

Mexico's goalie, Guillermo Ochoa came to their rescue early in the match when he saved Andre Silva's penalty kick. Rui Patricio produced a sharp stop to deny Javier Hernandez, Mexico's all-time leading scorer, from close range on the half hour, but the Portugal keeper was beaten shortly after the break.

But Ochoa was beaten in the first minute of injury timeas Pepe lunged to get on the end of Ricardo Quaresma's curlingright-wing cross to force extra time. "We put them under pressure late in extra time but failedto level again, like we did in our first meeting here".