Russian Roulette

The second round of matches at the 2017 Confederations Cup saw Portugal take on hosts Russia, after a draw in the opening game against Mexico a win for Portugal would bring them one step closer to a semi-final spot.

The stats against Russia seemed like it was a mere formality for Ronaldo’s Portugal side came into this game on a 6 game unbeaten run.

Portugal’s record against Russia:

Played 6

Won 3

Lost 2

Drawn 1

Goals scored 10

Goals conceded 3

It took just 8 minutes for Ronaldo to break the deadlock with a signiture header, with this goal he has now scored in all six major tournaments his played in the last 12 months….the history books surely love the name Ronaldo.

In the last 12 months Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in:

EURO 2016

Uefa Champions League

Spanish LaLiga

Copa del Rey

Fifa Club World Cup

and now the Confederations Cup

Even though the Hosts Russia piled on the pressure in the second half, the one goal was enough for Portugal to take all 3 points.

In the second match of the 21st June it was The Mexicans who took a gamble against New Zealand by starting the match without striker Hernandez….

New Zealand have only beaten Mexico once in six meetings & that result was a 4-0 victory all the way back in 1980. – #ConfedCup https://t.co/FwwUJYZbn4 

New Zealand have also never won a game at the Confederation Cup though, but to stand a chance of making it to the semi-finals they would need to beat Mexico.

In the 42nd minute New Zealand’s Captain, Wood opened the scoring. I was supporting New Zealand not only because they were the underdogs but they also have a player who plays in South Africa, Michael Boxall plays for Supersport United.

…Mexico, however are not a team who faults under pressure. In the 54th minute Raul Jimenez turned and shot spectacularly to bring Mexico level against New Zealand.

The goals did not stop there and in the 72nd minute Mexico lit up the nightsky of Sochi Stadium when Oribe Peralta at age 33 finished beautifully to give Mexico the lead for the first time in the clash.

The win for both Portugal and Mexico put them both on 4 points in the group and left them as firm favourites to go through to the semi-finals of this years Confederations Cup.

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