Mexico Snatches Late 2-2 Draw against Portugal in FIFA Confederations Cup


European champions Portugal were pegged back twice by North and Central American champions Mexico in a 2-2 draw in the second match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday at the Kazan Arena in Russian Federation. The result leaves both sides tied for second place in Group A, behind hosts Russian Federation who top the group after beating New Zealand 2-0 on Saturday in St. Petersburg.

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Ronaldo practiced normally with the rest of the team in the final training session before Sunday's game, smiling and joking with his teammates.

Cedric Soares' 86th-minute shot was deflected in to put Portugal ahead again, but Hector Moreno snatched a point for the mexicans in the 91st minute. "But soccer is a team sport and I think that we have a great squad to confront him". "We're ready to face a likeable New Zealand team but we expect a hard match (on Saturday)", he told reporters on Friday. Host Russia tops the group with three points after defeating New Zealand 2-0 in the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup on Saturday.

After the report, worldwide media filled Portugal's training session in Kazan, where Ronaldo trained normally with the rest of the squad.

The much discussed video assistant referee was is being trialed at the Confederations Cup this summer, but there were only complaints to be heard after Portugal drew 2-2 with Mexico as the system disrupted play and disallowed a goal that really should have stood.

"We played the European champions on equal terms, we generated chances but couldn't finish them", said Osorio. With a team well balanced by coach Fernando Santos, Portugal outscored opponents 28-4 during that streak, with five clean sheets. "We played against a team at a high level". Portugal are ranking No. 8 in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, while Mexico fell one spot in the most recent rankings to No. 17.

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As is often the case, Ronaldo thundered his set-piece straight at the wall after lining up for it, but showed excellent skill to crack a left-foot shot at goal in the aftermath that bounced back off the bar.

He attracted headlines last week after being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of defrauding the country's tax authorities.

The 32-year-old was obliged to appear in front of the cameras after being named as FIFA's official man of the match at the Kazan Arena in Russian Federation.

Of greater outcome was the astute piece of vision later in the first half, which set up Ricardo Quaresma for a strike that counted, even if the speed and power that used to characterize Ronaldo initially failed him.

Ronaldo carried the ball into the area but was surrounded by three defenders and he passed it to Quaresma, who was free from markers on the far side of the box.

But the Portugal captain created another shooting opportunity for Quaresma with 10 minutes remaining and, although Ochoa saved comfortably, they continued to pile late pressure on Mexico.

Mexico equalised eight minutes later through a Javier Hernandez diving header after poor defending by the Portuguese.