Confederations Cup: Mexico snatch late 2-2 draw against Portugal

June 18, 2017 at 18:00, the next match of the 1st round of the group stage of the Confederations Cup will take place, in which the national team of Portugal at the stadium "Kazan Arena" will play against the national team of Mexico.

Portugal full-back Cedric Soares' 88th-minute goal seemed to have given the Iberians a win but their Central American opponents made them pay for switching off at a corner when Mexico defender Hector Moreno rose high to head home a dramatic equaliser.

Hector Moreno scored in added time to earn a point for the Mexicans five minutes after Cedric put the Portuguese in front.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo lamented his side's failure to close out victory over Mexico after conceding an injury-time equaliser in yesterday's 2-2 draw at the Confederations Cup.

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

Mexico will now turn their attention to New Zealand for their match on Wednesday in Sochi.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in the spotlight again, but this time not for his skills as a player.

Much of the pre-match talk has centred on Portugal star Ronaldo, whose preparations for the finals have been overshadowed by a legal complaint alleging tax fraud in Spain and a reported desire to quit Real Madrid.

And on the video referral system (Portugal had a goal ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee): "It's the new rule".

Cristiano Ronaldo's initial shot hit the crossbar then Pepe "scored" from the rebound in the 22nd minute.

Whether it was the right flank in the first half or the left in the second half, Quaresma was quite easily the most menacing of attacking players for Portugal ahead of the much fancied Ronaldo.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said his team deserved their point but admitted there was work to be done going forward. "I think it was a very good result for Mexico".

It will be European champion Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo in top form, taking on Gold Cup victor Mexico in a game that is likely to decide the group victor. "We are calm and thinking about the next game". However, other than that he did not threaten Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. Raphael Guerreiro miskicked a cross into the box, allowing Carlos Vela to play the ball back in for Hernandez to score.

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