Portugal and Mexico draw 2-2 in Confederations Cup

Ronaldo played well and made the first goal but did not score.

With Mexico still scrambling at the back, another delivery from the right was flicked into the bottom-left corner by Nani, but the referee - assisted by the VAR - disallowed the goal for offside.

The goals were scored by Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma (34th minute) and Cedric Soares (86th minute), and Mexico's Javier Hernandez (42nd minute) and Hector Moreno (90th minute).

Russian Federation play Portugal and Mexico take on New Zealand on Wednesday. "But we are not anxious, there are two games left, we still have chances".

Until then, Mexico had arguably been the better team; an aggressive press, intensity and very high defensive line was bold and a statement of intent from coach Juan Carlos Osorio.

The result left European champion Portugal and Gold Cup victor Mexico trailing host Russian Federation in Group A. Russian Federation opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday.

The shared points were probably a fair result.


Prosecutors lodged a complaint at a Spanish court this month in which Ronaldo is accused of defrauding the Spanish treasury of EUR14.7million in tax owed on image rights. The team said that he couldn't go because he was receiving post-game treatment, although it said it wasn't anything serious.

The Euro 2016 winners took the lead on 34 minutes when Ronaldo sprinted into the box and his beautifully-timed pass found Quaresma unmarked in the area.

Just eight minutes later, Javier Hernandez scored the equaliser for Mexico.

"We wanted to win, of course, but we have to be satisfied with this result against the European champions", Chicharito said.

Elsewhere for Mexico, there were good displays from Jonathan dos Santos, Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado in midfield, as well as from Miguel Layun, Hector Moreno and Ochoa, who produced a smart save in the 85th minute to deny Andre Silva and keep things level.

However, Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana called for a review from the video assistant referee and it was eventually ruled Pepe was one of four players who were offside from Joao Moutinho's first cross into the box following the failed set-piece. El Tri would find their last-gasp equalizer from the head of Hector Moreno to force Portugal to split points on the day.

There were concerns that the match could be suspended after warnings from Federation Internationale de Football Association against homophobic chants by Mexican fans, but they were only heard a couple of times during the match and did not cause any disruption.

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