World soccer governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association said on Tuesday it had warned Mexico over what it said were "insulting and discriminatory" chants during their first Confederations Cup match in Russia. "We knew it was going to be a hard game against a very strong team".
It is fair to say that in a match with Mexico, Portugal was more concerned about restraining an opponent than about an attack.
Nonetheless, after earning three draws in the group stage at the Euros a year ago before winning the tournament, Portugal now has a win and four total points after two matches. In their first match of the 2017 edition, which was on Saturday against the hosts, they lost 2-0.
Suddenly, nearly all players from both teams flock to the scene and begin punching and headbutting each other as helpless officials watch on. "We knew this was going to be a hard game against a strong team".
He said while it was a "huge disappointment, when we step away I think we can be quite proud of the performance today". Portugal were on course to win their match against Mexico after Cedric Soares gave them the lead in the 86 minute but Hector Moreno levelled the score line in stoppage time and both teams had to settle for a draw. "But everyone is being so nice with us, they take photos and we are loving it".
A horribly played first half on Wednesday could have been enough to doom Mexico's chances at the Confederation Cup.
"This team, when they have to sacrifice themselves, they do that".
Mexico skipper Diego Reyes pulled back All Whites defender Michael Boxall as he pushed the ball up field which led to most of the players on the pitch running in, with plenty of pushing and shoving ensuing between the two teams.