Confederations Cup: Portugal 2-2 Mexico Player Ratings

Portugal

(1) Rui Patricio6.5 Can’t really be blamed for either of the two goals, but didn’t have much to do otherwise. Only registered one save the whole match.

(21) Cedric Soares7.5 Definitely the better of the two full backs for Portugal. Seemed to have scored the winner with a well taken shot in the 86th minute. He even had a crucial clearances just after his goal, but that wasn’t enough for his team.

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Cedric celebrates his goal with teammates.

(3) Pepe7.0 Thought he had scored the opener, but that was not the case, as VAR rightly decided his goal was offside. Was solid throughout the game and there wasn’t much he could do about Chicharito’s goal.

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Portugal players celebrate the goal that would later be disallowed.

(6) José Fonte6.5 Tried his best in the heart of defense, but his distribution was often lacking. Questions can be asked of him regarding Moreno’s equalizer.

(5) Raphaël Guerreiro4.0 His awful attempt at a clearances cost Portugal the first goal. He was often unable to go forward like he often does, and found himself in trouble more than once in his own half.

(20) Ricardo Quaresma7.0 Took the opener well, and was dangerous in the wings throughout the game. His delivery from set pieces, though, was very poor, and he was too selfish at times.

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Quaresma celebrates the opener with his teammates.

(14) William Carvalho7.0 Held his own in the center of midfield. His job was to help out the defense and he did so well enough.

(8) João Moutinho6.5 Found it difficult to keep up with Herrera and Guardado. His long balls were dangerous at times. Subbed off before the hour mark.

(15) André Gomes4.5 Never really found his place in the game. His decision making was often poor. Saw a lot of the ball near the end of the game, but didn’t do much with it.

(17) Nani5.5 Not nearly as dangerous as the rest of the frontline. Subbed off before the hour mark.

(7) Cristiano Ronaldo7.0 Was isolated for large chunks of time. However, he made it count when he got the ball, with a gorgeous assist to Quaresma. Had some nice touches in the second half, but nothing came out of it.

Subs:

(23) Adrien Silva6.0 Offered basically the same thing as Moutinho.

(18) Gelson Martins6.5 He was a big improvement on Nani. His pace threatened the Mexican defense and he played a key role in Cedric’s goal to make it 2-1. Almost found the net late on.

(9) André Silva: Not enough playing time/impact for a rating.

Mexico

(13) Guillermo Ochoa7.5 Was called upon several times in the second half. He responded well, especially to a header from André Silva in the closing stages. Couldn’t do much about either goal.

(3) Carlos Salcedo4.5 Nearly scored an own goal in the first half, but was saved by Ochoa. Minutes later, he completely misjudged a header, and his error led to Portugal’s opener. Subbed off in the 67th minute.

(5) Diego Reyes7.0 Started the game a little slowly, but eventually settled in. His distribution from the back was good. Did well in his new position at right back in the last part of the game.

(15) Héctor Moreno7.5 Like most of Mexico’s defense, took a while to really get into the game. But he was very solid in the second half, and scored the all important winner in added time.

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Hector Moreno celebrates the equalizer.

(7) Miguel Layún6.5 Controlled Nani with ease, but had problems once Gelson Martins was on the pitch. Didn’t offer a whole lot going forward.

(6) Jonathan dos Santos7.5 (Man of the Match) Dos Santos did well to control the midfield and set the tempo throughout the game. His delivery for Moreno’s equalizer was spot on.

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Jonathan dos Santos and João Moutinho fight for the ball.

(16) Héctor Herrera7.0 Did a good job in limiting the creativity of the Portuguese midfielders, but didn’t offer much going forward himself.

(18) Andrés Guardado6.5 Unlike Herrera, Guardado tried to have an impact going forward, but wasn’t very successful. His set pieces were ineffective, but he did do his job defensively.

(11) Carlos Vela7.5 His side’s most dangerous attacking threat. Played a beautiful ball to Hernàndez when he could have taken a shot. Started the second half brilliantly too, but was inexplicably taken off before the hour mark.

(9) Raúl Jiménez6.0 Never really threatened the Portuguese defense. He was often pushed out on the wing and couldn’t make an impact, neither with deliveries from wide nor with any cuts in the inside. Subbed off late on.

(14) Javier Hernández7.5 Like Jiménez, he often found himself wide to receive the ball. But when he did get in the box, he made it count, scoring a powerful diving header to equalize. Missed a very good chance shortly after his goal. He also helped out defensively and often came deep to receive the ball.

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Chicharito celebrates with his teammates.

Subs:

(10) Giovani dos Santos6.0 Didn’t really have the impact Vela had, despite some nice touches at times.

(2) Néstor Araujo6.5 Thrown at the heart of defense in the middle of the second half, he didn’t have to deal with much, but he held his own and didn’t make any mistakes.

(19) Oribe Peralta: Not enough playing time/impact for a rating.

*All photos courtesy of FIFA.com*

 

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