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19 Junio 2017, 06:58 | Gerardo Tarin
With Ronaldo looking at the peak of his game, Portugal trained for the first time in Russian Federation on Thursday ahead of its Confederations Cup debut against Mexico on Sunday. The last timeMexico 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.
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. "But we have to be careful because I don't think people understand this new rule really well".
Federation Internationale de Football Association has told referees they must use reviews to overturn only "clear errors" in game-changing situations such as penalty kicks awarded and offside rulings affecting goals.
However, the first match on the second day could be one of the best of the group stage as Portugal face Mexico. The FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 will be shown live on ITV and the United Kingdom football fans can live stream the Portugal Vs Mexicomatch with the Sky Go app or via the ITV website.
Ricardo Quaresma had put Portugal head in the 34th minute, before Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez leveled three minutes before half-time and the sequence repeated itself in the second period, with Cedric Soares netting in the 86th only for Moreno to level one minute into injury time.
"We were at least as good as they were and they're the current European champion", said the Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio.
We look at the contribution of the 32-year-old, who is in the spotlight after appearing determined to quit Real Madrid and Spain over his unhappiness at a tax investigation. "Of course it would be a dream to win it", Ronaldo said in January, since when he has powered Madrid to glory both in La Liga and in the Champions League.
"You saw the way we played, [it was] very fearless", said Javier Hernandez.
"He is concentrating on playing for the national team and he wants to give the motivation to have a good tournament". "It was a fair result for how the teams played".
Hernandez nodded straight at Rui Patricio with his first real chance at the other end, but Mexico's record goalscorer soon made amends and crashed a header into the bottom-right corner from Carlos Vela's cushioned centre after Guerreiro had failed to clear the preceding cross.
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