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Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal shouldn't panic after Mexico draw

19 Junio 2017, 07:58 | Gerardo Tarin

The result left European champion Portugal and Gold Cup victor Mexico trailing host Russian Federation in Group A. Russian Federation opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday.

Mexico: After winning the 2015 CONCACAF playoff to reach the Confederations Cup, Mexico have serious thoughts about winning the competition but will likely play the underdog role along the way.

The Video Assistant Referees would again be utilised as Chile's Eduardo Vargas was adjudged to have been narrowly offside before he found the back of the Cameroon net in the first half.

"It is a little hard for the players", Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said.

For his part, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was satisfied with his team's performance and particularly the way they kept Portugal's star man Ronaldo quiet - even if he did somewhat strangely still win man of the match for his only two pieces of positive intervention: hitting the crossbar and providing the assist for Ricardo Quaresma's opening goal. "I think that we communicate well and we have a good understanding, and that leads to these good results".

Portugal players stretch during an official training session at the Rubin Training Ground in Kazan, Russia, on Friday, June 16, 2017.

European champions, Portugal begin their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign against Mexico at the Kazan' Arena.

Edson Puch will play alongside Eduardo Vargas in the starting lineup today, while Jhonny Herrera has been given the nod over Claudio Bravo in goal.

Mexico's all-time leading goal scorer Javier Hernandez pulled one back for his side with a classic flying-header in the 42nd minute with both teams going into the break 1-1.

The decision was correct, as Portugal had several players in offside positions.

West Ham defender Jose Fonte has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo received a "little bit of stick" from his Portugal teammates over his bold new haircut.

Southampton defender Cedric Soares looked to have won it for Portugal as his shot towards goal looped off a defender and in for 2-1 in the 86th minute.

Mexico is in fine shape heading into the tournament attack-minded, possession-based style of football. "It was a great result for Mexican football". 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.

Evoking memories of his time with Manchester United, Hernandez flung himself at the ball, connecting with a diving header and powering an effort firmly into the bottom corner of the goal. "I arrived at a good point in time, when the team had just won the (European) title". They were second-best on the ball here, although they enjoyed the bulk of the chances and, on the balance of the second half, possibly deserved to win the game.



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