Por­tu­gal beat Mex­ico to fin­ish third at Con­fed Cup

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Adrien Silva scored an ex­tra-time penalty as Por­tu­gal re­cov­ered from a goal down to beat Mex­ico 2-1 in yesterday’s third­place play-off at the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup in Moscow.

Luis Neto bun­dled into his own net to hand Mex­ico a 54th-minute lead, but Pepe stabbed home a stop­page-time equaliser to force an ex­tra 30 min­utes at Spar­tak Stadium.

Silva then struck his first in­ter­na­tional goal af­ter a hand­ball in­side the box on 104 min­utes, while both sides fin­ished with 10 men as Nel­son Semedo was dis­missed for Por­tu­gal be­fore Raul Jimenez saw red for Mex­ico.

World cham­pi­ons Germany face Copa Amer­ica hold­ers Chile later in the fi­nal in Saint Petersburg.

Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Por­tu­gal were with­out cap­tain Cris­tiano Ron­aldo af­ter the Real Madrid star was re­leased from the squad to re­turn home to meet his new­born twins.

Por­tu­gal and Mex­ico drew 2-2 in the open­ing game of the group stage, when Hec­tor Moreno sal­vaged a last-gasp point for the Gold Cup win­ners, but were left fight­ing for a con­so­la­tion prize in the Rus­sian cap­i­tal.

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. But Mex­ico goal­keeper Guillermo Ochoa flung him­self su­perbly to his right to tip An­dre Silva’s low spot-kick round the post. 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. Her­nan­dez’s cross from the by­line floated be­yond Car­los Vela and Pa­tri­cio, with Zenit St Petersburg cen­tre-back Neto un­wit­tingly turn­ing the ball home.

Por­tu­gal went in pur­suit of an equaliser and Gel­son Martins-re­plac­ing Ron­aldo in at­tack-was de­nied by an ex­cel­lent save from Ochoa with just over an hour played.

But Ochoa was beaten in the first minute of in­jury time as Pepe lunged to get on the end of Ri­cardo Quaresma’s curl­ing right-wing cross to force ex­tra time.

Silva, on as a sub­sti­tute, then grabbed the winner just be­fore the end of the first pe­riod of ex­tra time, bury­ing a penalty af­ter Miguel Layun han­dled in the box. Semedo was then sent off on 106 min­utes af­ter pick­ing up a sec­ond yel­low card, but Mex­ico’s nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage was swiftly wiped out when Jimenez re­ceived his march­ing or­ders. —AFP

MOSCOW: Por­tu­gal’s mid­fielder Adrien Silva (L) scores a penalty dur­ing the 2017 FIFA Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup third place foot­ball match be­tween Por­tu­gal and Mex­ico at the Spar­tak Stadium in Moscow yesterday. — AP

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