Portugal and Mexico draw 2-2 in Confederations Cup
Jun 21 2017
Cedric Soares' deflected shot then put Portugal back in front - only for Hector Moreno to head home for Mexico in injury time.
From the rebound, Joao Moutinho drilled the ball towards goal and Pepe headed into the net only for the Video Assistant Referees to correctly rule the goal out for an offside in the initial move.
Portugal went ahead when Cristiano Ronaldo's excellent work down the right wing set up Ricardo Quaresma, which was cancelled out by Javier Hernandez's smart header at the near post.
On Saturday, hosts Russia beat New Zealand 2-0 in the other Group A fixture after Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino opened the tournament with a speech inside the St Petersburg Stadium, where Russian president Vladimir Putin and legendary Brazil footballer Pele were also in attendance. Portugal's next assignment will be against Russian Federation, in Moscow amid what will certainly be a more boisterous atmosphere than the generally lukewarm vibe inside a sub-capacity Kazan Arena.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio: "We played the European champions on equal terms, we generated chances but couldn't finish them".
"It's not the result we wanted, we had the game nearly won", said Ronaldo, who was voted the man of the match.
But, just as sloppy defending had let Ronaldo in, Raphael Guerreiro's poor miscue led to an equaliser for Hernandez three minutes before half-time. It ended; Portugal 2-2 Mexico.
At the end of the match, the teams again exchanged goals - the Portuguese efforts of Cedric, it seemed, snatched victory but for a few seconds before the final whistle Moreno flanking flow and saved Mexico from defeat. So we have to stay calm and think about the next game.
"The team continue to believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left".
Chelsea have also been linked with the Ballon d'Or victor, although Madrid remain determined to persuade Ronaldo to stay put.
While the VAR appeared to come to the correct decision, Santos was frustrated that this came only after the officials had looked at an earlier phase of play where Pepe was offside.
Just before halftime, Mexico leveled through Chicharito. If you bring benefits to football, fine, ' he added.