Mexico Snatches Late 2-2 Draw against Portugal in FIFA Confederations Cup


Portugal will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunday, June 1.

Portugal's head coach Fernando Santos believes Portugal are determined to win the Confederations Cup to prove they're the best in the world.

The 2017 Confederations Cup is a teaser for the 2018 World Cup, with plenty of stars on show as the champions from each qualifying section battle in Russian Federation.

Mexico, who drew 1-1 at home to the United States in World Cup qualifying last weekend, will look to Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela and Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez for inspiration.

Portugal are fancied to go well, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and new Manchester City recruit Bernardo Silva named in a squad that looks to have a great mix of youth and experience.

The Indomitable Lions, who reached the final in 2003, surprised everyone by winning the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon at the turn of the year, while Chile won back-to-back Copa America crowns in the last two years and are spearheaded by Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.

Portugal has won six of its last seven games, with the only setback coming in a 3-2 loss against Sweden in a friendly in March. Just eight minutes later, Javier Hernandez scored the equalizer for Mexico. Hosts Russia kick off proceedings when they face New Zealand in St. Petersburg.

It has been a dream last 12 months on the field for the former Manchester United man, who was a European champion at club and worldwide level in 2016. "Through that we will run less and defend less, so I think my teammates will be fired up to play a good game".

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Mexico's all-time leading scorer still had time before the end of the half to blaze over from a good position.

Ronaldo was making the headlines on Friday because of a report that said he wants to leave Real Madrid and Spain following allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities.

Mexico have enough talent to surprise teams in the tournament and will look to make a similar run to their rivals, the US, who reached the final back in 2009.

Santos' side improved from there, though, and when Carlos Salcedo allowed Ronaldo in on goal on the left, the forward quickly adjusted to an uncharacteristic stumble to slip a pass into the box for Quaresma, who coolly rounded Guillermo Ochoa to prod into the net.

Together, the young Silva and the veteran Ronaldo have scored 18 goals since they started playing alongside each other following Euros 2016.

However, Mexico secured a point in stoppage time when defender Hector Moreno rose well to head home from close range.

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.