Ronaldo's Portugal held by Mexico at Confederations Cup

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With this draw, Portugal and Mexico are in second and third place, respectively, in Group A with one point each.

The Euro 2016 winners kicked on again in the game's closing stages and Cedric netted with the help of a Hector Herrera deflection, but Moreno responded to earn a share of the spoils, with further talk of Ronaldo's uncertain club future sure to follow Portugal to their next match against Group A leaders Russian Federation.

Ronaldo was making the headlines on Friday, two days before Portugal's Confederations Cup debut in Russian Federation, because of a report that said he wants to leave Real Madrid and Spain following allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities.

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Title contenders Portugal and Mexico fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, with each team scoring in the last five minutes. "It is an aggressive team, pressing you all the time, but I think that we have enough quality to win this game".

But Portugal's talisman was at his best in an action-packed first half in his team's opening match, with hosts Russian Federation and New Zealand still to come in the group. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless.

When asked about Sunday's match, soccer fan Daniel Alarcón, 29, of Denver, Colorado said that he "has to believe" Mexico will win the match, though Portugal is a very strong team and Ronaldo is having a great year.

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The European champions had a goal of their own ruled out when former Manchester United winger Nani was shown to be offside in the build up.

The Portuguese football federation released a statement, signed by coach Fernando Santos, Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the players, saying that "in this sad hour we send our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and loved ones of the victims of the fires".

A good performance at the Confederations Cup will virtually secure him a fifth world player of the year award, equaling Lionel Messi.

"We know what type of player he is, but aside from him there are other quality players that we have to stop".

Mexico's Carlos Vela, left, celebrates with teammate Mexico's Hirving Lozano after scoring his team's first goal against the USA during their World Cup soccer qualifying match at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Sunday, June 11, 2017. The goal was possible thanks to an error by Carlos Salcedo, who badly misjudged a header, whiffing as the ball fell to Ronaldo.

He attracted headlines last week after being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of defrauding the country's tax authorities. The team said that he couldn't go because he was receiving post-game treatment, although it said it wasn't anything serious. The veteran forward used one touch to clear goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and then easily found the open net. Juan Carlos Osorio also has a plethora of talent on his squad with players like Diego Reyes, Marco Fabian, Andres Guardado, Carlos Vela and "Chicharito" Hernandez.

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