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Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

19 Junio 2017, 07:36 | Gerardo Tarin

Portugal will play against Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match sche.

Elsewhere for Mexico, there were good displays from Jonathan dos Santos, Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado in midfield, as well as from Miguel Layun, Hector Moreno and Ochoa, who produced a smart save in the 85th minute to deny Andre Silva and keep things level.

The result leaves hosts Russian Federation top of Group A, following their 2-0 victory over New Zealand yesterday. "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.

In a press conference dominated by questions on Ronaldo, Santos eventually refused to discuss the subject further but defended his player's character.

Hector Moreno headed in off the post from a corner to give Mexico an injury time equalizer, ensuring a share of the points.

Ronaldo had earlier teed up Ricardo Quaresma for the opener, with Javier Hernandez's equaliser leading to a tight second half before a hectic finish. "I'm happy to play with my captain".

Portugal: Patrício 6, Cédric 7, Fonte 5, Pepe 7, Guerreiro 6, William 6, Moutinho 6, André Gomes 6, Quaresma 7, Nani 6, Ronaldo 7.

The news of his possible departure attracted the attention of worldwide media covering Portugal at the eight-nation competition that serves as a warm-up for next year's World Cup.

Silva has been compared to a young Fernand Torres, the former Spain striker now playing for Atletico Madrid.

After his well-taken goal Hernandez missed another golden chance.

The 33-year-old took the most number of shots on goal - 6, which was 3 more than any other player - and he peppered Ochoa with some testing shots. I try to listen to him and he tries to help me as best he can. "But we are not anxious, there are two games left, we still have chances".

A last gasp header by Hector Moreno helped Mexico secure a vital point against European Champions Portugal in the second match of Group A at the ongoing 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored or assisted in each of his last seven games for Portugal. It was only Silva's third match.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said his team deserved their point but admitted there was work to be done going forward.

Ronaldo has scored 11 goals in five games with Portugal this season.



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