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Confederations Cup: Portugal 2-2 Mexico

19 Junio 2017, 06:50 | Gerardo Tarin

Portugal, the defending European champions, play Mexico on Sunday in their Group A opener in the eight-nation competition that serves as a warm-up for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Portugal eventually broke the deadlock in the 34th minute when Ronaldo did well to pick out an un-marked Ricardo Quaresma, who skipped past Ochoa and slotted into an empty net.

Silva, who has just moved from FC Porto to AC Milan in a transfer worth almost 40 million euros, has scored seven goals in eight games since his debut with the national team in a friendly against Gibraltar in September.

With time running out, Southampton right-back Cedric pounced on a loose ball and slammed home Portugal's second goal. But a late header from Moreno secured the 2-2 draw in injury time, giving a precious point to Mexico.

Mexico players celebrate after rescuing a late 2-2 draw with Portugal at the Confederations Cup.

After seeing Russian Federation defeat New Zealand on Saturday's Confederations Cup opener, Portugal and Mexico will be confident of securing six points from their remaining two games and being involved in the semifinals. Portugal will play against Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match sche.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

However, the VAR disallowed the goal for an offside infringement earlier in the move. Mexico dominated possession, with 61 percent over the 90 minutes, but it was Portuguese who looked to have more punch. The match is also extremely rare where personal records are concerned - it's not everyday that you see two all-time top goal scorers for their country go toe to toe.

Obviously the Portugal side has the best player in the entire tournament with the ineffable Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo made a great run from near midfield to set up Quaresma's 34th-minute goal.

A frantic end to the first half gave way to a tiresome second as both sides were found wanting with their final ball, with Ronaldo - isolated after Nani's withdrawal - unable to influence the game.

Mexico equalized less than 10 minutes later with a close-range diving header by Chicharito after Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro failed to clear a ball crossed into the area. "It was a fair result for how the teams played".

Four incidents on just the second day of the biggest tournament so far to conduct live trials has created more controversy than Federation Internationale de Football Association expected. The 21-year-old forward has just completed a €38 million move to AC Milan from Porto and has made an explosive start to life at worldwide level for Portugal, scoring seven times in only eight internationals.



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