Mexico will face Portugal to try to get their second ever third place in a Confederations Cup and the first one after it changed titles from the King Fahd Cup in 1997. Mexico and especially Juan Carlos Osorio need a result after a very disappointing loss to Germany in the Semifinals. Portugal are also looking for a result but will be without their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who left to meet his new twins boys born to a surrogate mother. Mexico will be without Marco Fabian, who joins the already injured Carlos Salcedo and Diego Reyes. Both teams faced each other in their debut, where they tied 2-2 in which so far has been Mexico's best game of the tournament.
Juan Carlos Osorio's tenure has been rocked hard after another terrible result in a knockout game, losing 4-1 to Germany. While this game was nowhere near as bad as the 7-0 loss to Chile in the Quarterfinals of the Copa America Centenario, this defeat also came against a German team that is considered a B team, although Joachim Low’s side has a lot of players that went to the Euros last year. This view could also change if the Germans are able to defeat Chile in the Confederations Cup final. Yet for it to change, a good performance is needed in the third place game for Mexico. In a way this game has a lot of risk but little reward. However, a third place finish is nice against a Portugal team that is still very solid.
While Portugal will be missing Cristiano Ronaldo, they are still a good team and might be favored over Mexico. Their more defensive style could benefit a Mexican team that has struggled in defense all tournament. While it's true that Mexico had their best game against Portugal, they still only got a tie and it only came in the final minute of play. Mexico will really need to improve as they look to start to wash away the sour taste that another lopsided loss at the big stage gave to the Mexican fans.
Date: Sunday, July 3
Time: 05:00 AM Pacific, 07:00 AM Central, 08:00 AM Eastern
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow
Television: Telemundo (US-Spanish), Fox Sports 1 (US-English), UnivisionTDN (Mexico), TDN (Mexico), SKY Planeta Fútbol (Mexico), Sky HD (Mexico)