Mexico hold Portugal in Confederations Cup

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

Portugal twice took the lead against Mexico, but an equaliser in time added on saw the match end in a 2-2 draw.

Chile striker, Vargas, missed a whole host of chances in his side's victory over Cameroon, but became the first player to ever have goals disallowed and awarded by a video official in the same match.

"It was not the result we wanted, the team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minutes, but this is football", said Ronaldo, who is under more scrutiny than usual playing for his country after it emerged on Friday that he wants to quit Real Madrid and leave Spain as a result of an investigation into his tax affairs.

Pepe thought he'd opened the scoring for Portugal on the rebound after Cristiano Ronaldo had crashed a shot against the bar with a sensational dipping volley - but the goal was chalked off for offside after the referee consulted a video replay, a system being trialed at the tournament.

Russian Federation beat New Zealand 2-0 in the other Group A fixture, while Chile beat Cameroon 2-0 in the opening Group B tie.

Quaresma had an opportunity to get his second of the game and win it for his team with 10 minutes to go, set up for an acrobatic effort by Ronaldo only to shoot straight at the 'keeper.

Just eight minutes later, Javier Hernandez scored the equalizer for Mexico.

Ronaldo is reckoned to favour an Old Trafford return should he leave Real, with former Los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho also keen on a reunion.

Portugal players will wear black armbands against Mexico in the today to honour compatriots that passed away from forrest fires. RIP.

Ronaldo was named the man of the match after setting up Quaresma's opener and playing a key part in Portugal's second, meaning he was in line to appear at a post-match media conference. "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.

Ronaldo, the reigning world player of the year, is the biggest star at the Confederations Cup. "But we have to be careful because I don't think people understand this new rule really well".

Spanish prosecutors have accused Ronaldo of evading tax of 14.7 million euros (£13m), which he has denied.

"It was not the result we wanted", said the four-time Ballon d'Or victor.

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