Portugal and Mexico draw 2-2 in Confederations Cup

Jun 23, 2017, 02:18
Portugal and Mexico draw 2-2 in Confederations Cup

The European champions did open the scoring in the 34th minute as Ronaldo was given the freedom to run in behind the defence before sneaking a pass through to Quaresma to finish neatly. Ronaldo's free kick hits the wall, from the follow up, Ronaldo lashes a shot against the crossbar, with an excellent save from Ochoa.

On the 21st minute there was a historic event in the history of football - the main referee Nestor Supply canceled goal Pepe, after consultation with videoassistance.

Mexico started the better side but were undone when Cristiano Ronaldo set up Ricardo Quaresma to break the deadlock, and it looked as though Javier Hernandez's header would not be enough for a point as Cedric Soares' deflected strike restored Portugal's advantage.

The result leaves hosts Russian Federation top of Group A, following their 2-0 victory over New Zealand yesterday.

"[We showed] personality", captain Andres Guardado said afterwards when asked about the positives from the game.

Winners of Euro 2016 thanks to a wonderful extra-time victor from striker Eder, Portugal are one of the surprise qualifiers for the 2017 Confederations Cup, and will be making their competition debut as they line-up against Mexico on 18 June.

"It is a little hard for the players", Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said. Minutes after coming on, he almost scored a great headed goal but Ochoa came up with a terrific save.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro failed to deal with a cross into the box and Carlos Vela teed up Hernandez, who met the cross with a diving header.

Portugal thought they had the lead after Pepe scrambled home from close range, but the VAR system ruled him offside. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Andre Silva and Bernardo Silva make Portugal a serious threat in this competition. So we have to stay calm and think about the next game.

"We need to keep believing in ourselves, we know we have a great chance. It was a fair result for how the teams played".

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.

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In his next game, Silva scored a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands, when Ronaldo added one goal in another 6-0 victory.

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