Mexico snatch late 2-2 draw against Portugal in Confed Cup
19 Junio 2017, 01:54 | Gerardo Tarin
Ronaldo is believed to have told Madrid he wants to leave the club, with Manchester United and PSG the two sides leading the chase to prise him away from the Bernabeu this summer.
The match kicked off in Kazan after a moment of silence in memory of the victims who have died in forest fires in Pedrogao Grande, Portugal. The anticipation of the Confederations Cup's first real spectacle was enough to tempt him down from St Petersburg and bring more than 34,000 people into the stands.
Cristiano Ronaldo's initial shot hit the crossbar then Pepe "scored" from the rebound in the 22nd minute.
Portugal had a goal ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee prior to Quaresma's opener and match official Nestor Pitana also felt the need to refer Soares' effort for a second opinion.
In turn, for the national team of Mexico, the highest achievement is still the won final of the Confederations Cup in 1999, in which the Brazilian national team was defeated 4: 3.
Just before halftime, Mexico leveled through Chicharito. Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela will be two Mexican players in focus. Gelson Martins and Andre Silva made big positive impacts off the bench, while Juan Carlos Osorio's decisions to take off Vela and switch to a back three put Portugal well in control of the match. And in what was an evenly contested affair, Fernando Santos's side were held to a 2-2 draw thanks to a late equaliser from HectorMoreno. Although El Tri will be the favorites against Russian Federation and New Zealand, one wouldn't have to go too far into the past to find disappointing results for the national team.
In his next game, Silva scored a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands, when Ronaldo added one goal in another 6-0 victory.
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When Mexico goes for the jugular, they always look to attack with heavy artillery but the problem is that once they lose possession, they become vulnerable to the counter.
Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at the Rubin Training Ground in Kazan. The player opened the scoring for Portugal after some brilliant work from captain Cristiano Ronaldo.
European Champions Portugal, also the tournament debutants will enter the tournament facing off against Mexico at the Kazan Arena.
This baffled Brian Kerr, who was not happy with the amount of time the assistant ref had allowed to be played before informing the referee of the offside, and Didi Hamann too was not impressed as he described the incident as a farce. If you bring benefits to football, fine.
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