It is fair to say that in a match with Mexico, Portugal was more concerned about restraining an opponent than about an attack.
Other players with a chance to see the field are left back Luis Reyes and center back Oswaldo Alanis. As in Previous Match itself a Clue on this strategy.
The first goal in the match was scored on 8th minute into the Russian net by Christiano Ronaldo, who is the captain of the Portuguese side and is now considered the world's top footballer.
"Today we lacked communication to move the ball more quickly and create more chances".
It mattered little in the end, though, as Russian Federation lacked the individual quality to really worry Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio, the Seleccao seeing out a flurry of late pressure without any noteworthy problems, Goal.com reports. Cristiano Ronaldo is fine.
The Real Madrid ace led his national team onto the pitch in Moscow accompanied by the disabled fan clutching his hand.
Just eight minutes had passed when Ronaldo found himself in acres of space at the back post to head home unopposed and make it 1-0 to the visitors, Dmitry Kudryashov was the player guilty of allowing Ronaldo room. "We knew who needed to go where but sometimes games don't go according to plan".
Skipper Akinfeev kept his side in it when he clawed away Silva's 50th-minute header from close range, and he was in the right place at the right time to repel Cedric Soares long-range effort nine minutes later. The midfield was among the strongest components on the Mexico team with players like Andres Guardado and Jonathan Dos Santos linking up the whole game for the Aztec side.
Portugal's tournament hopes took a blow with a possible broken leg for Guerreiro, who was substituted in the 65th after limping off injured. We nearly saw an incident happen around the 71st minute when Georgy Dzhikya took Pepe out with a strong tackle. The temperamental Real Madrid defender tried to follow up with a blow of his own, but the Russian global just pushes him to the ground and makes sure to kick him on the way down, which was enough for a booking.
"Everyone is incredibly disappointed in the changing room and we feel we should have got more", said Hudson.
Mexican media said the chant was heard again on Sunday when Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio took goal kicks, though on a smaller scale than in the past.