Ronaldo's Portugal held by Mexico at Confed Cup

Ronaldo's Portugal held by Mexico at Confed Cup

Ronaldo's Portugal held by Mexico at Confed Cup

Southampton defender Cedric Soares had appeared to win the game for Portugal in the 86th minute, but Hector Moreno headed in extra time to share the points.

Portugal did eventually take the lead on 34 minutes though, when Ronaldo broke through into the Mexico box and played a lovely pass to Ricardo Quaresma, who was completely unmarked on the right, and slotted past Guillermo Ochoa.

Portugal defender Pepe thought he had opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he turned in a cross-shot after Ronaldo had smashed a shot against the crossbar, having blasted his initial free-kick into the defensive wall.

A giant screen reports a VAR incident is being reviewed during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Coach Fernando Santos will want to see more from those around Ronaldo, who sparkled intermittently, especially on Portugal's opener.

That's all that André Silva got in today's Confederation cup game game between Portugal and Mexico (2-2 FT).

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said his team deserved their point but admitted there was work to be done going forward. It will come as little surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo and Javier Hernandez were at the heart of it, although it will raise a few eyebrows that only one of them scored in the 2-2 draw.

Russian Federation will be missing key men as they host the 2017 Confederations Cup, such as Alan Dzagoev - who also missed the Euros last summer - and Roman Zobnin to injury, while manager Stanislav Cherchesov has opted against selecting 26-year-old striker Aleksandr Kokorin, even after the Zenit man netted his nation's only goal in a 2-1 friendly defeat to the Czech Republic this month. Cristiano Ronaldo ran at the Mexican defense before finding Quaresma for an easy finish.

Portugal's advance in the early stages was soon rewarded by Pepe latching onto a long distance effort from winger Nani, only to be retrospectively ruled offside.

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. "We are calm and thinking about the next game". 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 are happy because you can win, lose or draw, but while you play your style, character and football, you feel good".

"In the end the result was fair as Mexico also played well".

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