Cristiano Ronaldo in focus after Confederations Cup tie


The 2017 Confederations Cup will have already seen one match played entering Sunday, June 18.

Fernando Santos says the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) remains confusing after his Portugal side saw an opening goal ruled out against Mexico at the Confederations Cup.

Ricardo Quaresma opened the scoring for Portugal in the 34th minute on a magical assist from Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

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.

Barely four minutes to the end of the game, Cedric Soares netted home what looked like the winning goal as Portugal were coasting home with the victory as three minutes were added-on into stoppage time.

Portugal may have thought they were starting their maiden Confederations Cup with a win but Moreno scored from a corner to deny them late on.

Portugal's next game is on Wednesday at the Spartak Stadium against Russian Federation, while Mexico will face minnows New Zealand later on the same day at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

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But the Portugal captain created another shooting opportunity for Quaresma with 10 minutes remaining and, although Ochoa saved comfortably, they continued to pile late pressure on Mexico. "I think that we communicate well and we have a good understanding, and that leads to these good results". Portugal are ranking No. 8 in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, while Mexico fell one spot in the most recent rankings to No. 17.

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Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at the Rubin Training Ground in Kazan. Raphael Guerreiro miskicked a cross into the box, allowing Carlos Vela to play the ball back in for Hernandez to score.

A source has claimed Ronaldo "feels great indignation" with all the conjecture about his tax affairs and a sense of "injustice" at the allegations, which he contests, and has made a decision to leave Spain.

"If we apply it to perfection we have a very good chance of beating Portugal".

The overall result will be a positive one for Mexico as they showed a gull to battle back from being down a goal twice to tie that match both times. If he's able to shine and Guillermo Ochoa is able to deliver more masterclass efforts in net, the Mexican side can be unsafe.