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Confederations Cup 2017 Preview; Will Russia Be Good Host?

19 June 2017

The Portuguese sports daily A Bola published a front-page story Friday saying that Ronaldo was upset with the accusations made against him and that his decision to leave Madrid was "irreversible".

Manchester City target Hirving Lozano is likely to start on the left wing for Mexico with former Arsenal star Carlos Vela on the right. New Zealand is at the bottom of the group with no points. The other teams are New Zealand, Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Mexico.

The Confederations Cup is the main warm-up event for the 2018 World Cup. Mexico are a virtual lock to qualify for the World Cup next year, and will have a puncher's chance against the best nations in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo aims to lead his team to another piece of silverware despite plenty of outside pressure and rumours surrounding his future.

Alves said that it will be a hard start against the CONCACAF representative, but added that Portugal have come to the tournament to win. There was a great atmosphere, we felt very close to the fans and the pitch was really flawless. Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Eder were in the squad when Portugal won the European championship a year ago, with Eder scoring the extra-time victor in the final against host France, but none made it to Fernando Santos' squad for the Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up event.

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A week after winning the UEFA Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo is back at work with Portugal and their match against Latvia.

In his next game, Silva scored a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands, when Ronaldo added one goal in another 6-0 victory.

A good performance at the Confederations Cup will virtually secure him a fifth world player of the year award, equaling Lionel Messi.

The game was finally decided by a deflected long-range effort from substitute Eder which handed Portugal the first major title in their football history. With a team well balanced by coach Fernando Santos, Portugal outscored opponents 28-4 during that streak, with five clean sheets.

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Here is everything you need to know about Portugal's match against Mexico.

While, Mexico defeated Honduras 3-0, before playing out a 1-1 draw with the United States in their World Cup qualifiers.

"Obviously there are no words to describe what Cristiano means to our country, with everything that he has achieved", Portugal defender Bruno Alves said Thursday.

Mexico's squad has three players who have close connections to Portugal.

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"Portugal has a great team, and then it has Ronaldo", was Porto player Layun's summary.