Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal shouldn't panic after Mexico draw

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.

But Portugal's talisman was at his best in an action-packed first half in his team's opening match, with hosts Russian Federation and New Zealand still to come in the group.

"The result was fair as Mexico also played well". So we have to stay calm and think about the next game.

"We still believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left".

"We know we didn't play well", he said.

Prosecutors lodged a complaint at a Spanish court this month in which Ronaldo is accused of defrauding the Spanish treasury of EUR14.7million in tax owed on image rights. Minutes after coming on, he almost scored a great headed goal but Ochoa came up with a terrific save.

Confederation Cup : Ronaldo's Portugal held by Mexico
The result handed the early initiative in Group A to hosts Russian Federation , winners over New Zealand on Saturday. The decision was correct, as Portugal had several players in offside positions.

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa had to be alert to tip over when a cross deflected off defender Carlos Salcedo - but Portugal took the lead moments later through Ricardo Quaresma.

Just eight minutes later, Javier Hernandez scored the equaliser for Mexico. Mexico midfielder Carlos Vela got to the ball near the far post and sent it to the middle of the area for Chicharito's goal. We have to win, because if we win the next game we will be one step away from qualifying.

Mexico's chance appeared to have passed when Hernandez fluffed a chance from close range but Moreno rose to nod a free header home in the first minute of injury time to snatch a share of the spoils.

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Although Mexico had more possession, Ochoa was the busier of the two keepers and the Europeans could have taken all three points had the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) not controversially disallowed Nani's first-half goal for offside.

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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