Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

19 June, 2017, 05:14 | Author: Douglas Reid

Ronaldo was named the man of the match after setting up Quaresma's opener and playing a key part in Portugal's second, meaning he was in line to appear at a post-match media conference. They scored in the last few minutes and now we think of the next game.

Substitute Cedric Soares looked like being the European champions' hero with his 86th-minute deflected shot, but Moreno's header from a corner spoiled the Southampton defender's celebration of his first worldwide goal to snatch a 2-2 draw for Mexico.

'We still believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless. In the standings with three points lead the Russians, the Mexicans and the Portuguese, with one point, tied for second place, the new Zealanders, not gain points, coming last. Ronaldo teed up Ricardo Quaresma to fire Portugal ahead in the first half in Kazan, but the goal was cancelled out before the break by Mexico striker Javier Hernandez's bullet header.

Coach Fernando Santos and some of Ronaldo's teammates are confident the star forward won't be affected by the buzz created by a report that said he wants to leave the Spanish club because of allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities.

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"I would like to say something on behalf of my players".

"In the end it was a well-deserved result after how we played today", Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said.

However, the crowd had no idea what happened, and the replays and thought-process of the video assistant referees weren't even made available to the viewing public.

Within 15 minutes Portugal had taken the lead, however, with Ronaldo, who has now scored or provided an assist in each of his last seven games for the national team, nearly inevitably at the heart of it. Raphael Guerreiro miskicked a cross into the box, allowing Carlos Vela to play the ball back in for Hernandez to score.

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