Ronaldo's Portugal held by Mexico at Confed Cup


Hector Moreno's stoppage-time equaliser earned Mexico a 2-2 draw with Portugal at the Confederations Cup on Sunday.

Portugal thought they had snatched victory in the closing stages of the match, as Cedric Soares' deflected effort found the corner of Mexico's net with four minutes of normal time remaining.

Cristiano Ronaldo fed Ricardo Quaresma through for the opener in Russian Federation, but Javier Hernandez equalised for Mexico before the break. Or go into the referee's ear and say "Hold on, there was a problem three phases back, that we need to have a look at", that to me was very odd. "We are calm and thinking about the next game".

The result handed the early initiative in Group A to hosts Russian Federation, winners over New Zealand on Saturday.

Santos went on to suggest that "it was always our goals" that the VAR was used, but added the team will accept it. Mexico was slightly more positive, with goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa acknowledging that the decision did take time, but that it was the right decision in the end.

'We played the European champions on equal terms, we generated chances but couldn't finish them, ' said Osorio.

"Hector Moreno's goal handed Mexican football a huge result", he said.

After a cagey opening in front of over 34,000 fans in Kazan, the game sprang to life.

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Manager Fernando Santos achieved a feat no one before him was capable of by winning a major worldwide tournament with Portugal 12 months ago.

"It doesn't matter what your name is or the league you play in: we're all in this together and we're all fighting for the same objective".

Mexico captain Andres Guardado towed the same line and was adamant that technology will be good for the game over the long run. We played without confidence, couldn't connect two or three passes.

With that, the result now gives both of the teams one point, a fair result.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid superstar's build-up to the tournament in Russian Federation has been overshadowed after he was this week accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding the authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.5m) in tax through offshore companies.

He skipped the post-match press conference which he was supposed to attend as the man of the match.

El Tri, winners of the tournament in 1999, were roused from their stupor and responded, with Hernandez aka Chicharito diving to head home Vela's cross three minutes from half-time, after Portugal had made a mess of a routine clearance. The Confederations Cup is a real test one year before the World Cup, and we will have a much better sense of where Mexico fits in the world soccer puzzle after these two weeks.

It is not just Ronaldo they will need to stop though - winger Bernardo Silva, who missed Euro 2016 through injury, is fresh from winning the French title with Monaco and sealing a big-money move to Manchester City.