Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates will be hoping to add further silverware to the trophy they won last summer as they stunned France in the final. The Mexicans arrive in good shape and will feel they have a chance to win withA�Javier Hernandez in attack.
Both sides believe it will be an open affair, and Mexico against Portugal is undoubtedly the standout game of the first few days of the Confederations Cup.
All the stars will be on show for the Euro 2016 winners. Cristiano Ronaldo aims to lead his team to another piece of silverware despite plenty of outside pressure and rumours surrounding his future. Young stars Bernardo Silva and Andre Silva, both recently making the switch to new clubs; will be hoping to show the world that they can carry the load as the future faces of Portugal.
The injury report shows no players likely to miss Portugal’s opener, which meansA�plenty of selection headaches for head coach Fernando Santos.
After winning the 2015 CONCACAF playoff to reach the Confederations Cup, Mexico have serious thoughts about winning the competition; but will likely play the underdog role along the way. Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela headline the attack for Mexico; while the dos Santos brothers will be eager to play their part in midfield.
The El Tri are one of the busiest national sides in this summer. They will take part in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament starting in July. However, Juan Carlos Osorio is taking Confederations Cup serious and brought the strongest possible squad to Russia. They have a good record in FIFA tournaments in recent years; as they often managed to get through the group stages under difficult circumstances.
Portugal: Rui Patricio; Bruno Alves, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro, Cedric; William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Andre Gomes; Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa; Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Nestor Araujo, Miguel Layun; Jonathan Dos Santos, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado; Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Raul Jimenez