Confederations Cup-2017: Portugal and Mexico went to a draw

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Ronaldo has scored 18 goals in his last 11 matches, including two in Portugal's 3-0 win at Latvia in a European World Cup qualifier last week, the team's last match before the Confederations Cup opener against Mexico.

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Some sloppy passing play was as exciting as things got in the opening period, before the game was lit up following a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick.

Striker Fyodor Smolov will lead the line for Russian Federation at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Portugal's triumph at Euro 2016 secured them a place in Russian Federation, where they will be making their Confederations Cup debut against CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico in Group A before facing the hosts and New Zealand. "But we're a great side too, and I'm sure we can stop him", striker Raul Jimenez, a Portuguese league and cup double victor with Benfica, told Now we need to think of the next game, which we have to win. Portugal will play against Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match sche.

Portugal took the lead in the 33rd minute through Ricardo Quaresma, aided by the man in the news Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the second half, Cedric appeared to have secured all three points for Portugal after finally finding a way past an inspired Guillermo Ochoa, but Moreno, who scored seven goals for PSV in the Eredivisie this season as a center half, rose highest on a corner to snatch a dramatic equalizer.

"They're really bad, really bad!" he was seen telling the centre-back.

Mexico hasn't played a side in the top ten of FIFA's rankings since Chile defeated El Tri 7-0 last summer in the Copa America Centenario, and Portugal represents a significant challenge for Osorio's team. "It was a great result for Mexican football".

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said it was not the performance he expected from his team. Despite the fact that the final whistle did not reveal the victor, having recorded in the asset of both teams on 1 point, Mexico still remains the leader of the group, reducing the gap from the nearest pursuer to 3 points.

The second half became more defensive as both sides wanted to protect what they had, and Ochoa produced a huge save from substitute Andre Silva, whose header was heading for the bottom corner, only to be brilliantly scooped away one-handed by the Malaga stopper. Our team practically had the match won and we conceded a goal in the final minutes.

A Spanish state prosecutor on Tuesday accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 totaling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million), claiming he used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to hide the true amount of income made from image rights, among other means of illegally reducing the amount of tax he paid.

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