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Portugal vs Mexico: TV channel, free stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

7:45 PM SGT 2/7/17
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Juan Carlos Osorio's men are determined to prove their worth when they take on the reigning European champions in the third-place play-off

European champions Portugal take on Mexico in the Confederations Cup third-place play-off on Sunday in what is a repeat of the opening game of Group A.

That game in June ended 2-2 after a late flurry of goals, with Hector Moreno's last-minute equaliser snatching a point for El Tri after Cedric Soares looked to have wrapped up victory for the Seleccao.

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Both teams finished level on seven points in the group, with Portugal's goal difference seeing them go through to the knockout stage as the top team.

However, neither side was good enough to reach the final as Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. lost to Chile in the semi-final, while Mexico succumbed to Germany.

Game Portugal vs Mexico
Date Sunday, July 2
Time 13:00 BST, 08:00 ET


In the UK, the match will not be available to watch on TV as ITV - the channel that's been airing all the games - has chosen not to broadcast it. You can follow the live text commentary for the match by clicking here.

In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS2 and by stream via Fox Sports Go. It can also be watched in Spanish on Telemundo.

US TV channel Online stream
FS2 / Telemundo Fox Sports Go


Position Portugal players
Goalkeepers Patricio, Sa, Beto
Defenders Alves, Pepe, Neto, Fonte, Semedo, Eliseu, Soares
Midfielders Moutinho, Danilo, Carvalho, Gomes, Pizzi, Adrien Silva
Forwards Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Nani, Martins, Quaresma

Portugal will be without the services of their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who was permitted to leave the camp following the birth his two children last week.

Doubts persist over Bernardo Silva, who is carrying an ankle injury and starts from the bench rather than in Portugal's starting XI.

Borussia Dortmund defender Raphael Guerreiro has also been released from the squad after sustaining an injury, so that could lead to a reshuffle at the back.

Position Mexico players
Goalkeepers Cota, Talavera, Ochoa
Defenders Araujo, Marquez, Diego Reyes, Layun, Moreno, Luis Reyes
Midfielders Jonathan dos Santos, Fabian, Giovani dos Santos, Herrera, Damm, Aquino, Alanis
Forwards Jimenez, Vela, Hernandez, Peralta, Lozano

While Portugal may take the opportunity to give fringe players a chance, Juan Carlos Osorio has not drastically altered Mexico's starting line-up too much considering the pressure he is dealing with following his side's 4-1 semi-final loss to Germany.

The Mexico boss suggested that the team would be similar to that which faced the Portuguese two weeks ago, but veteran Rafa Marquez has come into the back three.


Portugal are 6/5 favourites to copperfasten their place as the third best team at the tournament, while Mexico are priced at 21/10, according to Oddschecker.

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However, both teams to draw after 90 minutes is considered a 27/10 bet.

AC Milan forward Andre Silva is considered the favourite to score first at 17/4, while Oribe Peralta follows at 13/2.


While favourites, being without Cristiano Ronaldo is bound to impact Portugal's chances against Mexico, who have a point to prove after being torn asunder by Germany.

There will be extra pressure on the likes of Nani and Bernardo Silva to perform in the absence of the Real Madrid star, who scored two of their seven goals in the tournament thus far.

"When we have Cristiano we are clearly stronger, it's logical," said Cedric Soares. "But we have players with the same quality and we will try to demonstrate our worth against Mexico."

Mexico, on the other hand, are determined to show they are still capable of competing with Europe's best and the pressure has been heaped on coach Juan Carlos Osorio by the likes of Hugo Sanchez.

However, Javier Hernandez is adamant that the team is improving, despite their heavy semi-final defeat, and is looking forward to the clash against the Euro 2016 winners.

"We are playing the European champions in the third-place playoff, which is something we didn't reach four years ago, so something is improving," said Javier Hernandez.

"We're going step by step, it's not night and day."