Mexico snatches draw with Portugal

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Hector Moreno's late equalizer helped Mexico earn a point in a draw against Portugal.

Cedric Soares gave Portugal the 2-1 lead in the 86th minute off two bad touches from Hector Herrera, with the last one deflecting Cedric's shot, which looked to be heading off target, into the back of the Mexican net.

But while Mexico had control, Portugal had the better moments.

"In the end it was a well-deserved result after how we played today", Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said. "But we are not anxious, there are two games left, we still have chances. It was a fair result for how the teams played".

"The thing that they have most in common is always to try to take the initiative in games and play attacking football, whoever the opponent is", said recent Roma signing.

Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Eder were in the squad when Portugal won the European championship previous year, with Eder scoring the extra-time victor in the final against host France, but none made it to Fernando Santos' squad for the Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up event.

A source has claimed Ronaldo "feels great indignation" with all the conjecture about his tax affairs and a sense of "injustice" at the allegations, which he contests, and has made a decision to leave Spain.

As it stands, Russian Federation sits at the top of the group, followed by Portugal and Mexico while New Zealand, who were thumped by the hosts 2-0 on Saturday, are bottom.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos rued the concession of a late equaliser.

Germany is the top-ranked team in the eight-nation Confederations Cup, at No 3, but it came to Russian Federation with a second-string squad that has only three players from the team that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

In the first half, a Portugal goal was ruled out for offside but it was only when the replays were shown that we saw that there was no infringement for the goal itself, but rather when the initial free kick was taken 15 minutes prior.

Dropping his shoulder to send goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to ground, Quaresma rounded the stopper and slotted the ball into an empty Mexico goal. While Sunday's performance was by no means a disaster - Portugal drew all three group games on the way to winning Euro 2016 - he'll want those around Ronaldo to be more supportive of the superstar. No need to remember your password or log in, just click. Santos has been attempting to phase in a new generation of players but it was a slight surprise to see newly signed AC Milan striker Andre Silva, who has made such a successful start to his global career, limited to a cameo off the bench, during which time he forced Guillermo Ochoa into a fine save.

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