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Ronaldo-Less Portugal Clinch Bronze Medal

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Portugal, who were without Cristiano Ronaldo, claimed the bronze medal at the FIFA Confederations Cup after coming from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Mexico in extra-time.
The clash started at a high tempo with both nations signalling their intent get goals in the early stages.
Portugal were then awarded a penalty in the 15th minute when Andre Silva was brought down by Rafael Marquez. The striker stepped up but saw his spot-kick saved by Ochoa.
Mexico went close to breaking the deadlock in the 30th minute, but Rui Patricio produced a superb save to deny Javier Hernandez from 12-yards out.
That proved to be the final chance of the half, as the sides went into the halftime break goalless.
The Mexicans eventually broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute when Javier Hernandez's cross deflected into the back of the net, 0-1.
Portugal opted for a change in he 69th minute as Luis Nani made way for Ricardo Quaresma as they pushed for a winning goal.
The European champions dominated possession as the half went on, but the Mexico defence did well to stop the opponents from creating chances.
However, Portugal leveled matters in the 90th minute when Pepe turned home Quaresma's cross in the six-yard box, forcing the clash into extra-time.
Selecao were awarded a penalty in the 104th minute when Gelson Martins was fouled. Adrien Silva stepped up this time and made no mistake from the spot.
Portugal finished the game with 10 men after Nelson Samedo was shown a second yellow card of the game. Mexico also had a player sent off in second half of stoppage time, as Raul Jimenez picked up his second yellow card.
However, the European champions managed to see out the closing stages of second-half extra time to clinch the win and third place.
Khabza Mkhize

Khabza Mkhize

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