Portugal vs Mexico Confederation Cup group stage match end in draw

Solenn Plantier
Juin 20, 2017

The national team next take the field on Wednesday when the face hosts Russian Federation in Mexico.

Portugal had an early effort controversially disallowed by the video referees but they eventually took the lead after 34 minutes through Ricardo Quaresma after a mistake by Carlos Salcedo let Cristiano Ronaldo through on goal. They were second-best on the ball here, although they enjoyed the bulk of the chances and, on the balance of the second half, possibly deserved to win the game.

Portugal will probably need performances more befitting a man-of-the-match gong from Ronaldo if they are going to win this competition; they will also be praying that the rumbling narrative from Spain eases up a little over the next fortnight.

When Ronaldo's volley thumped the crossbar, Nani pounced on the rebound, but the video ref spotted that four players were offside.

But with the 90 minutes up, Mexican defender Moreno rose highest from the final corner of the game to head in the equaliser.

"The team continue to believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left".

Ronaldo played well and made the first goal but did not score.

Portugal ended 2-2 with Mexico and, perhaps fortunately for FIFA, Chile beat Cameroon 2-0.

Sanchez was involved in the second in stoppage time, beating the offside trap with the help of the video assistants before Vargas finished off into an empty net.

"If we win we'll be close to qualifying so it's not the time to sound the alarm".

'We played a team that has very good, technical players.

It took about 30 seconds for the decision to be announced.

'We also managed to keep Cristiano Ronaldo in check.

Count Chile's Vidal among the current skeptics.

Nani was already celebrating with his teammates when Argentine referee Nestor Pitana asked for the ball and indicated the goal was being reviewed.

Federation Internationale de Football Association wants to keep fans in the loop by showing slow motion images on stadium giant screens.

Uncertainty in the stadium lasted far beyond the six-second target Federation Internationale de Football Association had set previous year for officials to review their opinions.

The Real Madrid striker, whose club future has been the subject of media speculation after he was accused by Spanish prosecutors of committing tax fraud, which Ronaldo denies, set up Portugal's opener.

He said: "It's the new rule".

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