Troubled Ronaldo eyes more silver at Confederations Cup

Postado Junho 20, 2017

After a 21st minute free kick taken by Cristiano Ronaldo struck the wall, the ball was sent back into the area where four Portugal players were in offside positions and one of them challenged for the ball, meaning he was offside. Eduardo Vargas seemed to have a small heart attack when it seemed like his frantic rebounding goal off a Cameroon goalkeeper might have been off side in extra time, but was vindicated by the refs to bring the W home for Chile.

The Confederations Cup is the main warm-up event for the 2018 World Cup.

"Now we have to think about the next match because we must win".

"He is concentrating on playing for the national team and he wants to give the motivation to have a good tournament".

(AP Photo/Martin Meissner). Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo looks down in the shadow during a training session at the Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. He will be 35 by the time Portugal defend their European crown at Euro 2020, and even if he makes it all the way to Qatar for the World Cup in 2022, it is hard to envisage Ronaldo hauling his nation to glory at the age of 37.

Ochoa made a great diving save in the 85th to keep young Portugal forward Andre Silva from scoring with a header. You can see they are taking this very seriously.

Ronaldo has scored 18 goals in his last 11 matches, including two in Portugal's 3-0 win at Latvia in a European World Cup qualifier last week, the team's last match before the Confederations Cup opener against Mexico. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless. "It was a great result for Mexican football". "I have the same confidence today", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said earlier this week.

Every competition needs a star player, and this Confederations Cup is already benefiting from the reflected glow of Ronaldo's presence. Cedric Soares restored Portugal's lead on 86 minutes, but Hector Moreno's stoppage-time header salvaged a point for Mexico in their Group A opener.

He has helped Madrid win three Champions League titles.

The players wore black arm bands during the game against Mexico. Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Eder were in the squad when Portugal won the European championship previous year, 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.

Defender Miguel Layun and midfielder Hector Herrera play for FC Porto, while forward Raul Jimenez plays for Benfica. "But yes, their transitions are very risky, like any team that plays with that system".