Ronaldo and Portugal begin to fight for the confederations Cup

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Bogodeeva in Photobacterium Ronaldo training PortugalRonaldo and Portugal begin to fight for the confederations Cup© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Bogodeeva the image Bank

The football teams of Portugal and Mexico fight for the FIFA confederations Cup 2017 matches in the group stage in Kazan.

The match between Mexico and Portugal will be held at «Kazan Arena» on Sunday. This game will be the first for the teams in the confederations Cup. Earlier in this same group, the Russian team defeated the team of New Zealand with the score 2:0.

Mexicans are not afraid of Cristiano

A few days before the start of the confederations Cup, the media spread the news about the possible departure of the player of the national team of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo of real Madrid in connection with accusations of fraud with the payment of taxes. This story eclipsed all the talk about the preparation of the Portuguese to the tournament, as their performance will largely depend on the game striker of real Madrid.

«I know Ronaldo 18 years old, he played with me in Portugal before he went to «Manchester United», — said the head coach of the Portuguese Fernando Santos told reporters. And I can say that it is crystal clear man and incredible athlete. I’m sure in it 100%. As a team we have agreed that all questions not related to football and the tournament, subject to tournament time, but I can say that all the players in the team to support Ronaldo. Reporters need to check their sources. This issue with Ronaldo I more I will not go back».

In 2016, Portugal became European champion, beating in the final of the French. From the team, which plays one of the best players in the world, much is expected and in Russia.

«We are not favourites. We’re just pretenders. As in other tournaments. There are more «favorite» teams, so to speak. But my team can win every game. This is our approach to any tournament. Our country was very important first to get to the confederations Cup,» said Santos told reporters.

Another test for «Kazan Arena»

«Kazan arena» was attended the opening ceremony and the closing of the summer Universiade-2013, it took part in the competitions of the world championship by water kinds of sports, but never played teams. In the last season of the Russian Premier League for Rubin Kazan fans went reluctantly, but in the game the Portuguese and the Mexicans expected about 30 thousand fans.

«The stadium is completely ready. The atmosphere is awesome. All will be convinced of this, when the tribunes will be full. My prediction is that the arena will be filled to 70%. Then the dynamics will be better. We passed it at the previous tournament in Kazan. The biggest demand in Kazan for the game Russia — Mexico, which can be decisive in the group stage of the tournament,» — said the Minister of sports of Tatarstan, Vladimir Leonov to journalists.

Ronaldo and Portugal begin to fight for the confederations Cup© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in photobackpack confederations 2017