Portugal and Mexico draw 2-2 in Confederations Cup

Cheryl Sanders
June 18, 2017

Portugal vs Mexico was the Confederations Cup offering on Sunday, and it was indefinitely more watchable than the opening game between Russian Federation and New Zealand.

Portugal will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunda.

The 26-year-old told the official website of the Confederations Cup: "It goes without saying that he's a great player".

The score was 1-1 at half-time, as Javier Hernandez responded from close range after Ricardo Quaresma had opened the scoring, but the highlight of the first half was the pass from Cristiano Ronaldo that set his long-time global teammate up.

European champions Portugal looked like they had claimed the win with Cedric Soares' goal five minutes from full-time, but PSV Eindhoven defender Moreno glanced in a header from a corner in injury time to grab a share of the points for El Tri. Portugal has won six of its last seven games. A report by a Portuguese newspaper two days before Sunday's game said that the Madrid forward had made the "irreversible" decision to leave the Spanish club because he was upset with the allegations. "It's good that we get to play it right now, in our first game".

The match kicked off in Kazan after a moment of silence in memory of the victims who have died in forest fires in Pedrogao Grande, Portugal.

Portugal, which made it to the tournament after beating host France in the Euro 2016 final, is in Group A along with Russia, New Zealand and Mexico.

Then 38, Carvalho became the oldest player in the history of the UEFA event in France a year ago, and helped his team claim their first piece of major global silverware thanks to a dramatic extra-time triumph over the hosts in the showpiece in Paris.

Santos' side improved from there, though, and when Carlos Salcedo allowed Ronaldo in on goal on the left, the forward quickly adjusted to an uncharacteristic stumble to slip a pass into the box for Quaresma, who coolly rounded Guillermo Ochoa to prod into the net.

Mexico equalized less than 10 minutes later with a close-range diving header by Chicharito after Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro failed to clear a ball crossed into the area. "We want to show that we are able to win more tournaments".

A frantic end to the first half gave way to a boring second as both sides were found wanting with their final ball, with Ronaldo - isolated after Nani's withdrawal - unable to influence the game.

With Portugal coach Fernando Santos likely to field two centre-forwards in Ronaldo and Silva, Osorio could start three centre-backs in a 3-4-3 formation.

There were concerns that the match could be suspended after warnings from Federation Internationale de Football Association against homophobic chants by Mexican fans, but they were only heard a couple of times during the match and did not cause any disruption.

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