Confederation Cup: Ronaldo's Portugal held by Mexico

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

But the newly introduced Video Assistant Referee called the referee's attention to Nani being in an offside position, leading to the goal being ruled out.

But Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma scored the opener on 34 minutes before Javier Hernandez equalised with a low header for Mexico.

Two of the top contenders for the Confederations Cup title are meeting early in the tournament, with Portugal and Mexico making their Group "A" debut today (11PM local time) in Kazan.

The result leaves both sides tied for second place in Group A, behind hosts Russian Federation who top the group after beating New Zealand 2-0 on Saturday in St. Petersburg. Although Mexico still has games left against Russian Federation and New Zealand, the path to a spot in the knockout round has now become much easier after earning Sunday's result.

It was his snap-shot from the edge of the area, rebounding from the woodwork, that fell into the path of Joao Moutinho in the move that led to a correctly disallowed opening "goal" by Pepe. We know these days that possession of the ball is the most important thing. I'm not running away from that, and I see myself lifting the trophy with my teammates, but there is a long road ahead, and we'll go from game to game.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said his team deserved their point but admitted there was work to be done going forward.

While control was clearly something to talk about, it's not to say that there isn't a lot to ponder, and if Mexico wishes to go far in this tournament, and even more importantly for next summer, there are still certain places in which they have to improve.

Before the break, the Mexicans managed to restore parity - Chicharito came off the defender's head struck a cannon shot into the near corner.

Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas fired Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon, but the game was once again dominated by the video assistant system which is being trialed at the Confederations Cup.

"The team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minute, but this is football". Ronaldo magnificent pass found Quaresma, who is nobody to prevent to score into an empty net.

That said, after earning an unexpected point against Portugal, Mexico is now one giant step closer to a spot in the knockout round.

"86" - GOAL! Portugal 2-1 Mexico.

"Any team having to face Ronaldo is usually considered second-favourites, and Portugal will believe their superstar gives them a huge advantage over the Mexicans in Russian Federation", the report noted.

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