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Mexico salvage point against Portugal in FIFA Confederations Cup

19 Juin 2017

Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo refused to press the panic button after the reigning European champions conceded a last-gasp leveller to draw their opening Confederations Cup clash 2-2 with Mexico in Kazan.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. I want to remind you that Mexico held a control match against the USA national team in the qualification for the World Cup among the countries of North and Central America. "We're very happy with this first game".

Mexico striker Javier Hernandez cancelled out Quaresma's opener shortly before halftime and the two goals in an exciting last six minutes ensured the teams shared the points. There was later some doubt - and general confusion - over Soares' goal, which ultimately stood. "It was a great result for Mexican football". Portugal will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for.

Manager Fernando Santos achieved a feat no one before him was capable of by winning a major global tournament with Portugal 12 months ago.

Portugal look the team to beat in this competition if you ask me.

"I don't think we'll see a match with more defending than attacking".

Ronaldo was named as the match's best player and, as is required by the regulations, the best player must attend a post-match news conference. Gelson Martins and Andre Silva made big positive impacts off the bench, while Juan Carlos Osorio's decisions to take off Vela and switch to a back three put Portugal well in control of the match.

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The second half started as if both teams were taking a slight breather before building up for the finish and, after that initial lull, the crowd of 34,372 urged the teams on and the game became increasingly open.

"If we win we're one step away".

The 2017 Confederations Cup kicks-off with hosts Russian Federation facing underdogs New Zealand in the tournament's opening fixture on Saturday 17th June.

"Nothing is going to change", Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio said Saturday, a day before Portugal's Confederations Cup debut against Mexico in Kazan.

Chile's star player Arturo Vidal fiercely argued with referee Damir Skomina when a goal scored in first-half stoppage time by Eduardo Vargas was overruled nearly one minute later. Cristiano Ronaldo and "Chicharito" Javier Hernandez were the stars of the first half, but the second half's two goals were scored by a pair of defenders.

However, Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana called for a review from the video assistant referee and it was eventually ruled Pepe was one of four players who were offside from Joao Moutinho's first cross into the box following the failed set-piece.