Portugal and Mexico draw 2-2 in Confederations Cup
19 June, 2017, 05:15 | Author: Douglas Reid
Their advantage would last just eight minutes, as Mexico's record goalscorer Javier Hernandez met a right wing cross with a diving header to pull his team level on the verge of half-time. So we have to stay calm and think about the next game.
Although Mexico had more possession, Ochoa was the busier of the two keepers and the Europeans could have taken all three points had the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) not controversially disallowed Nani's first-half goal for offside. "We were always more risky than them, both in our organised play and on the counter attack".
After an explosive opening period, the second was a much tamer affair as both teams squandered half chances as the tempo dropped. "It was a great result for Mexican football".
An entertaining contest at the Kazan Arena was first ignited when Cristiano Ronaldo fired a shot onto Mexico's crossbar in the early stages of the match.
Cristiano Ronaldo fed Ricardo Quaresma through for the opener in Russian Federation, but Javier Hernandez equalised for Mexico before the break.
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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. A few minutes after this, he was part of the build-up play which saw Portugal take a 2-1 lead late on.
There was huge focus on Ronaldo after news broke on Friday of his desire to leave Real Madrid and quit Spain for good because of his unhappiness at a tax investigation against him, but he frequently cut an isolated figure up front due to Portugal coach Fernando Santos' cautious tactics.
The European champions were to be denied victory in added time, as Hector Moreno headed in from a corner, with the aid of the post.
Having bounced back into the box, the ball was eventually diverted home by central defender Pepe, who is also Ronaldo's team-mate at UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid.
Too bad for Portugal as they left a stoppage time goal and Mexico earned a 2-2 draw.
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Raphael Guerreiro miskicked a cross into the box, allowing Carlos Vela to play the ball back in for Hernandez to score. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless.
The best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to Vargas after he was played through by Vidal's pass, but he blazed over. Sanchez provided the cross for Arturo Vidal to head home their 81st minute opener and inspired the second goal as well.
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