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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.
Southampton defenderCedric 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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Chile is ranked fourth, but lacks the same tradition as Portugal and Mexico and has struggled in South American qualifying. A moment of controversy came when Pepe's goal was ruled out in the 21st minute after there were appeals Nani was offside .
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Mexico dominated possession, with 61 percent over the 90 minutes, but it was Portuguese who looked to have more punch. With time running out, Southampton right-back Cedric pounced on a loose ball and slammed home Portugal's second goal.
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