• Tournament debutants Portugal will be at full strength
  • A tournament winner in 1999, Rafael Marquez is a doubt for Sunday’s game
  • Match to be refereed by Nestor Pitana of Argentina

Pre match analysis: European champions Portugal will make their entrance at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 against Mexico at the Kazan Arena on Sunday, with the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, The Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016, making them obvious favourites.


Some trivia:

What you need to know 
1. The only player at Russia 2017 who knows what it means to win the FIFA Confederations Cup is Rafael Marquez, who lifted the trophy in 1999. The Mexico captain is struggling with a back problem, however, and is a doubtful starter for his side’s opener.

2. The last time these two sides met was in a warm-up match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup  in Foxborough (USA) in June of that year. Bruno Alves won the game in injury time for the Portuguese.

3. Three Mexican players (Raul Jimenez, Miguel Layun and Hector Herrera) play their club football in the Portuguese league – Jimenez with reigning league and cup champions Benfica and Layun and Herrera with Porto. The trio will no doubt have plenty of useful information to pass on to El Tri coach Juan Carlos Osorio.

Possible line-ups 
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


This promises to be an enthralling encounter between 2 in form teams, with world class talents in both the sides.