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Portugal-Mexico highlights: Ronaldo's brilliance sets opening goal in Confederations Cup

19 Junio 2017, 06:46 | Crisanna Felipe

The 32-year-old Portugal worldwide is coming into the Confederations Cup in form and on a high having led Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double last season, but Mexico won't have a specific man-marker for Ronaldo.

Portugal's next game is on Wednesday at the Spartak Stadium against Russian Federation, while Mexico will face minnows New Zealand later on the same day at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

Vela pinged the ball back across goal to capitalise upon the poaching abilities of Mexico's all-time leading goalscorer Javier Hernandez.

"It's not the result we wanted, we had the game nearly won", said Ronaldo, who was voted the man of the match. We have a great chance of winning the Confederations Cup because there are still two [group] games left.

"We could have killed off the match but it didn't happen".

With this draw, Portugal and Mexico are in second and third place, respectively, in Group A with one point each. A video assistant should not be scrapped as an idea, far from it, but there's no way we should be reviewing every decision.

"It was not the result we wanted, the team had the game nearly won and we conceded a goal in the last minutes, but that's football", said Ronaldo. What's more, he always plays his heart out when suiting up for Mexico.

European Champions Portugal, also the tournament debutants will enter the tournament facing off against Mexico at the Kazan Arena. Fernando Santos vouched for him "100 per cent as an athlete and a man" and said there was a cast-iron agreement not to bring outside concerns into the camp.

"I would like to say something on behalf of my players". The most experienced players received me with open arms and made me feel welcomed. There are two games to go and that's why we're cool, we're at ease.

The current Portuguese team is bolstered by a number of world-class players led by the Ballon d'Or favourite Cristiano Ronaldo.

The first goal was an example of that and showcased a moment of brilliance from Ronaldo.

He attracted headlines last week after being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of defrauding the country's tax authorities.

But he failed to show for the press conference, with him said to be "having treatment". Both oozed quality in a game that was back and forth. The Portugal captain could not control the ball to shoot but his brilliant pass between three defenders left Quaresma free to round keeper Guillermo Ochoa and tap into the empty net. If he's able to shine and Guillermo Ochoa is able to deliver more masterclass efforts in net, the Mexican side can be risky.

One "clear error" might be overturned every four or five games, Federation Internationale de Football Association head of refereeing Massimo Busacca suggested a year ago.



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