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Hector Moreno, Mexico Snatch Late Draw vs. Portugal at 2017 Confederations Cup

19 Junio 2017, 08:00 | Gerardo Tarin

We played without confidence, couldn't connect two or three passes.

A late header from Hector Moreno salvaged a 2-2 draw for Mexico in their opening FIFA Confederations Cup match against Portugal.

A loss here wouldn't have been a disaster.

Russian Federation will play against Portugal in Moscow on June 21 and against Mexico - in Kazan on June 24.

Man-of-the-match awards at major tournaments are not renowned for their originality but it still seemed a questionable move when, amid a chaotic finale to Portugal's 2-2 draw with Mexico, FIFA announced that Cristiano Ronaldo had been voted the game's stand-out player.

Ronaldo scored twice to help his club Real Madrid win the Champions League against Juventus in Cardiff earlier this month, a game in which the 32-year-old sported blond highlights and gelled hair.

Ronaldo was peaking when he ended his season with Real Madrid, and now is looking to continue his good form with the national team in Russian Federation.

If the game was a test of those factors, Mexico passed.

It took about 30 seconds for the decision to be announced. Now we need to think of the next game, which we have to win.

"The majority of Mexico's starters play in Europe and compete at a high level, so I believe we have what it takes to bring down the current European champs!" he said.

A regular of Portugal's youth teams, Silva began attracting headlines when he joined Porto's senior squad and played well from the start, finishing the season with 21 goals.

Most worryingly of all for those charged with stopping him, Ronaldo is by his own admission in far better shape than he has been for recent global tournaments having been rested far more than in previous seasons at Madrid.

"[People] always look to demerit the opponent and not praise Mexico", said Guardado. "We lacked a little bit of efficiency".

Guardado may well be right. I want to remind you that Mexico held a control match against the USA national team in the qualification for the World Cup among the countries of North and Central America.

Mexico weren't safe yet as Portugal continued to press, Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes striking the ball back across the box, his effort dropping into the corner.

Fans of Mexico's national team pose for photos prior to a World Cup soccer qualifying match against the U.S.at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Sunday June 11, 2017.

"We had nearly 60 percent of the possession".

"A year ago, I said Portugal were going to Euro 2016 to win it".

The former Barcelona youth player is not only great with his hands, but also shows strong ability with his feet.

Mexico: Ochoa - Salcedo (Araujo, 67), D. Reyes, Moreno, Layun Herrera, John.

Mexico has won five of its last six matches, with a 2-1 home loss to Croatia in a friendly in May. "We were always more risky than them, both in our organised play and on the counter attack".

Osorio has a pragmatic streak and won't shy away from changing his outlook depending on the opposition's strength. The Mexicans won the title in 1999. There is much work ahead and the North American country needs to keep strengthening. El Tri, like Portugal, is heading into this game in exceptional form that should make the game very entertaining.



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