No need for alarm bells after draw, says Ronaldo


Portugal twice surrendered the lead against Mexico in their Confederations Cup opener on Sunday but the 2-2 draw was no cause for alarm, according to captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hector Moreno snatched a stoppage-time equaliser as Mexico denied Portugal victory in their opening Confederations Cup match.

The cherry on top of the cake, though, was his corner that set up the equalising goal in the dying stages of the match to earn Mexico a well deserved point.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored or assisted in each of his last seven games for Portugal.

Both Confederation Cup games played on Sunday in Russian Federation left teams confused by decisions - reached more slowly than expected - by referees taking advice from assistants watching multiple replays.

"If this is going to happen several times during a game, well it's not very pleasant for the players", Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said.

"It's the new rule, and if it brings benefits to football, that's fine", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

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Osorio fielded a starting team entirely made up of players based in Europe and Mexico flew out of the blocks.

From the rebound, Joao Moutinho drilled the ball towards goal and Pepe headed into the net only for the Video Assistant Referees to correctly rule the goal out for an offside in the initial move.

"86" - GOAL! Portugal 2-1 Mexico. We know we still have lots of opportunities, there are two games remaining and that's why we're calm.

And the star man for Mexico was Jonathan dos Santos, who pulled the strings from the centre of the park for his side, while also pressing hard off the ball.

Added goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa: "We played well because we made Portugal, the European champion, close up and play on the counter-attack".

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro failed to deal with a cross into the box and Carlos Vela teed up Hernandez, who met the cross with a diving header.

However, Quaresma seems to be getting better with age as even though he may never be the world class player that his potential warranted, he has established himself as an instrumental figure for his national side.

Soares scored late with a right-foot shot from inside the area after Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera gave the ball away, and Moreno's equalizer came with a firm header from close range after a corner kick one minute into injury time.