Troubled Ronaldo eyes more silver at Confederations Cup

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A late header from Hector Moreno produced a 2-2 draw for CONCACAF Gold Cup champions Mexico against Euro 2016 champions Portugal in a group stage match of the FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday (June 18).

Portugal saw an early goal by Pepe disallowed for offside courtesy video refereeing.

They wouldn't keep their lead into half-time though, Javier Hernandez drawing Mexico level just before the interval.

"It's a dream to be playing with Ronaldo", Silva said ahead of Portugal's Confederation Cup debut against Mexico on Sunday in Kazan.

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.

Russian Federation are next up for Portugal in Moscow's Spartak Stadium on Wednesday, while Mexico face New Zealand in Sochi on the same day.

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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.

Ronaldo's free kick hits the wall, from the follow up, Ronaldo lashes a shot against the crossbar, with an excellent save from Ochoa. The last time Mexico and Portugal met was during a warm-up match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Bruno Alves had won the game for the Portuguese.

Portugal turned the screw in the final minutes as they sought a victor and they got it when Cedric wandered forward from right back and saw his close-range shot loop in off Hector Herrera's foot.

"We played a team that has very good, technical players", said Portugsl coach Fernando Santos. Now we have to think about the next match because we must win. "There are very strong national teams in this tournament", Silva said.

The Besiktas winger drew Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and tapped home the opening goal. It ended; Portugal 2-2 Mexico.

Predictions: An exciting game with loads of goals to end in a 3-2 win for Portugal.

El Tri, winners of the tournament in 1999, were roused from their stupor and responded, with Hernandez aka Chicharito diving to head home Vela's cross three minutes from half-time, after Portugal had made a mess of a routine clearance.

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