Ronaldo's Portugal held by Mexico at Confederations Cup

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2017

Now 39 and playing for Shanghai SIPG, the former Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Monaco defender is not among the squad picked by head coach Fernando Santos for the World Cup warm-up event in Russian Federation, where Portugal face Mexico in their opening game in Kazan on Sunday, but he will be watching his countrymen with keen interest. But Ronaldo now has the chance to win again, and he is likely to be Portugal's driving force, with Santos' team strong favourites to qualify as winners of Group A ahead of Russia, Mexico and New Zealand.

He would nearly certainly secure the prize if he can help Portugal win the Confederations Cup, the main warm-up event for next year's World Cup.

"We know what type of player he is, but aside from him there are other quality players that we have to stop".

"It's Portugal, not just Cristiano", said Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa after Wednesday's training in Kazan, Russia.

Cristiano Ronaldo will put speculation over his club future firmly to one side as he leads European champions Portugal into their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico in Kazan on Sunday. "It is an aggressive team, pressing you all the time, but I think that we have enough quality to win this game".

"We played against a team of a high level". We'll need players to cover both sides and we'll try to control the ball as much as possible.

Ronaldo, who has a host of clubs believing they can sign him if he leaves Real Madrid, said that he would shave his head if Real Madrid won the Champions League.

It will be European champion Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo in top form, taking on Gold Cup victor Mexico in a game that is likely to decide the group victor.

Ricardo Quaresma opened the scoring for Portugal in the 34th minute on a magical assist from Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Play continued for about 10 seconds until the ball got to Nani and he scored from inside the area after a shot by Ronaldo hit the crossbar.

He attracted headlines last week after being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of defrauding the country's tax authorities. "But yes, their transitions are very unsafe, like any team that plays with that system". "We want to show that we are able to win more tournaments".

Mexico has won five of its last six matches, with a 2-1 home loss to Croatia in a friendly in May.

Silva, who has just moved from FC Porto to AC Milan in a transfer worth almost 40 million euros, has scored seven goals in eight games since his debut with the national team in a friendly against Gibraltar in September.

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