Scoring Specialist Hector Moreno Rescues Mexico In 2-2 Draw With Portugal


Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017. Then, Mexico will be heavy favorites against New Zealand, the side they defeated 9-3 on aggregate to reach the 2014 World Cup, in Sochi. "But we are not anxious, there are two games left, we still have chances".

"It is a little hard for the players", Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said.

Pitana and the linesman had initially allowed the goal, which would have put Portugal ahead 1-0 in their Group A opener. Now we need to think of the next game, which we have to win.

Quaresma had a golden chance to double his tally six minutes later when Ronaldo set him up with a brilliant back-hell but his finish was just wide of the Mexico goal, much to the relief of Ochoa and co. "It was a fair result for how the teams played".

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.

A thrilling end to the first-half had set the tone for a goal spree in the second but much to the disappointment of all those present at the Kazan Arena, the second period was very cagey for the most part. The team said that he couldn't go because he was receiving post-game treatment, although it said it wasn't anything serious.

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Ronaldo carried the ball into the area but was surrounded by three defenders and he passed it to Quaresma, who was free from markers on the far side of the box.

Dropping his shoulder to send goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to ground, Quaresma rounded the stopper and slotted the ball into an empty Mexico goal.

Portuguese defender Pepe scored a goal in the 22nd minute of the game but it was ruled out due to the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

"It wasn't the result that we wanted", said Ronaldo. It ended; Portugal 2-2 Mexico.

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.