Portugal, Mexico play to draw

Solenn Plantier
Juin 20, 2017

After Russia beat New Zealand on Saturday in the Confederations Cup opener, Sunday saw the competition really lift off.

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.

"We are used to a lot of speculation about possible comings and goings during the transfer period", said Rummenigge in a club statement with the headline "Hoax of the Day for the Ronaldo rumours".

After the game's second review, the goal and three points for Chile were confirmed.

Vargas struck Chile's second goal in their win when VAR overruled an initial offside call and there was another debatable incident in Germany's match with Australia in Sochi, when Tomi Juric's finish was allowed to stand despite arguments of handball. "There is no reason to be concerned, we have to think about the next match".

Mexico controlled possession and spent more time in Portugal's area, but the Euro 2016 champions were a constant threat on the counterattack in front of 34,372 fans at the Kazan Arena.

"We know we didn't play well", he said.

"The draw is a fair result without doubt", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, whose side wore black armbands in honour of the victims of a deadly forest fire back home.

Mexico's all-time leading scorer still had time before the end of the half to blaze over from a good position.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was satisfied with his team's performance and particularly the way they kept Ronaldo quiet - even if he did somewhat strangely still win the Man-of-the-Match award for his only two pieces of positive intervention: hitting the crossbar and providing the assist for Ricardo Quaresma's opening goal.

Video reviews are not giving Federation Internationale de Football Association a quick solution at the tournament it is using to fast-track the system for the 2018 World Cup., reports Associated Press.Both Confederation Cup games played on Sunday in Russia left teams confused by decisions-reached more slowly than expected-by referees taking advice from assistants watching multiple replays.

Mexico earlier levelled the contest 1-1 when Javier Hernandez headed home from close range.

Ochoa made a great diving save in the 85th to keep young Portugal forward Andre Silva from scoring with a header.

Chile's star player Arturo Vidal fiercely argued with referee Damir Skomina when a goal scored in first-half stoppage time by Eduardo Vargas was overruled nearly one minute later.

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