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Confederations Cup: Cristiano created, Chicharito replied


90+1 minute. Javier HERNANDEZ and Oribe PERALTA (No. 19) congratulations equalising Hector MORENO. Photo: Reuters

Group A

PORTUGAL – MEXICO 2:2 (1:1)

Goals: Quaresma, 34 (1:0). H. Hernandez, 42 (1:1). Cedric Soares, 86 (2:1). Moreno, 90+1 (2:2).

Portugal: Rui Patrício, Cédric Soares, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Rafael Guerreiro, William Carvalho, João Moutinho (FC Silva, 58), Andre Gomes Quaresma (André Silva, 82), Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani (Martins 58).

Mexico: Ochoa Salcedo (Araujo, 67), Moreno, D. Reyes, Layun, Guardado, Jonathan DOS Santos, Herrera, Vela (DOS Santos, 57), H. Hernandez, Jimenez (Peralta, 79).

Penalties: Sebastien Silva, 68. Guardado, 73. Andre Gomes, 90+3 (warnings).

Referee: Pete (Argentina).

June 18. Kazan. “Kazan Arena”. 34372 audience.

Mikhail GONCHAROV

from Kazan

The morning of the Mexican fans created the atmosphere, gave your smile to everyone you meet, and along with the opportunity to be photographed with their luxurious sombrero. One of them had approached, all expressed confidence in their evening victory over the European Champions at the head of Cristiano.

There were many of them. Very. Were not dozens, not even hundreds. Of course, the big football tournaments knew large-scale invasion of the fans, but not to be overwhelmed by visitors from North America, sorry, does not work. So far, so expensive (a three-match program with flights and accommodation – from $ 3,500 per person), optional (because a year is a much more serious event in our country), but it was not a problem to come now. Mexican journalists have explained it in one simple phrase: “We all love football!” and added that according to preliminary estimates of their compatriots-the fans expected to be about seven thousand.

But the Portuguese during the whole day celebrations in Kazan, I met exactly seven. Maybe someone had more luck.

Despite the massive efforts of some Mexicans is still not enough – the stadium needed to be filled. As of Friday, the organizers managed to realize less than 30 thousand tickets and Saturday tickets are handed out for free.

And it’s not every day the city comes to the best player in the world…

The shape Cristiano’s eve was a big part of the Portuguese press conference: Rui patrício and Fernando Santos bravely and long to fend off reporters ‘ questions about taxes, criminal prosecution and honesty are the main stars, assuring that all this talk does anyone the mood of the match will not be affected. And it was true, Ronaldo has indeed played at a very high level.

Not confused Cristiano arid even the opening 10-minute period when he did not touch the ball. Explode episodes? Yes please! First dragged and accurately passed on to you. Then took the free-kick. And then they get shot in the crossbar, after which Pepe and scored the first goal in the match. The Portuguese managed to hug and be happy, the audience – yell, and suddenly he ran to the referee, took time for a meeting with videoassistance and the verdict: not counted! Offside in a previous phase of the attack really was, and the moment forever caught in history.

Although canceled goal allowed the Portuguese to Wake up and shake things up after a dull start, very soon Ronaldo once again made a Beeline for the penalty area, managed to get tangled in his own feet, suddenly paused and gave a brilliant pass along the goalmouth to the dismal Quaresma. And he put the goalkeeper on the backswing, she hit the ball into the gate and ran to hug captain.

But Mexico your goal was also deserved, it is his efforts Chicharito (Javier Hernandez), dense fish next to Pepe before the break and scored.

In the second half, the match aggressively rolled to a draw – the team was filled, the fans have, of course, but all this is compensated by the last 10-minute, combining the brightest flash and two more goals. One after another, one emotion to another. The Portuguese scored the first, and the Mexicans heroically responded in added time.

RUSSIA – NEW ZEALAND – 2:0 (1:0)

Goals: Boxall, 31 – own goal (1:0). Smolov, 69 (2:0).

Russia: Akinfeev, Kudryashov, Vasin, Djikia, Samedov, Glushakov, Golovin, Erokhin (Tarasov, 77), Zhirkov, CSKA Moscow (Miranchuk, 90), Snake (Bukharov, 64).

New Zealand: Marinovic, Kolvi (Patterson, 83), Boxall, Durant, Smith, Wynn, McGlinchey, Thomas, Rojas (Smelts, 71), Wood, Barbarouses (Tuiloma, 61).

Punishment: it was not.

Referee: Roldán (Colombia).

June 17. Saint-Petersburg. “St. Petersburg Arena”. 50 251 the viewer.

Sport-Express

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