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19 Junio 2017, 07:46 | Gerardo Tarin

Hector Moreno's stoppage-time equaliser earned Mexico a 2-2 draw with Portugal at the Confederations Cup on Sunday.

Ricardo Quaresma opened the scoring for Portugal in the 34th minute on a magical assist from Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Raphael Guerreiro miskicked a cross into the box, allowing Carlos Vela to play the ball back in for Hernandez to score.

Fellow Confederations Cup Group A teams Russian Federation and New Zealand opened the tournament in St. Petersburg on Saturday, with the hosts running out comfortable 2-0 winners.

The second day of the FIFA Confederations Cup saw Portugal and Mexico play out a thrilling encounter and share the spoils at the Kazan Arena as the match ended 2-2. Both are tucked in a favorable Group A, with No. 95 New Zealand and the host country, No. 63 Russian Federation.

It will be European champion Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo in top form, taking on Gold Cup victor Mexico in a game that is likely to decide the group victor. "Both teams have great players, it will be a tough match".

Ronaldo practiced normally with the rest of the team in the final training session before Sunday's game, smiling and joking with his teammates.

Defender Carlos Salcedo handed a clue about how El Tri will approach dealing with Ronaldo and Portugal's attack.

This was a match either could have won, but Mexico will be more pleased with the result than Portugal will be.

However, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker broke Jared Borgetti's record as Mexico's all-time leading scorer last month to leave him on 47 goals for his country. Meanwhile, Raul Jimenez's, Miguel Layun's and Hector Herrera's experience playing for clubs in Portugal could prove useful against the reigning European champions.

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.

It was his snap-shot from the edge of the area, rebounding from the woodwork, that fell into the path of Joao Moutinho in the move that led to a correctly disallowed opening "goal" by Pepe.

And after what was a disappointing stalemate for Fernando Santos's side, Quaresma is a player who will be crucial for the European champions for the remainder of the tournament.

The second half became more defensive as both sides wanted to protect what they had, and Ochoa produced a huge save from substitute Andre Silva, whose header was heading for the bottom corner, only to be brilliantly scooped away one-handed by the Malaga stopper.



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