Confed Cup: Without Ronaldo, Portugal beat Mexico to win third place

Taylor Byrd
July 3, 2017

The match went on to extra-time and Portugal's Adrien Silva gave them the victor in the 104th minute.

They went on to lose the chance to go ahead when Andre Silva lost a penalty kick in the first half. European champion Portugal was without captain Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid star was released from the squad to return home to meet his newborn twins.

Portugal should have gone in front in the drizzling rain on 17 minutes when Andre Silva was upended by 38-year-old Rafael Marquez, with the video assistant referee stepping in to award the spot-kick.

Yesterday, Bernardo was limited to gym practice as a precaution and today he returned to training, but Portugal coach Fernando Santos is still uncertain if he will be able to face Mexico on Sunday.

Hernandez drove to the byline to the left of the area and drilled the ball back across goal and, when Patricio failed to intercept, the ball cannoned off Neto's shin and into the net.

Adrien Silva scored an extra-time penalty as Portugal recovered from a goal down in the tension-soaked match.

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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