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MEXICO DRAW: It was not the result we wanted -Ronaldo

20 June 2017, 09:57 | Charlene Valdez

Quaresma celebrates with team mates

Mexico force Cristiano Ronaldo captained Portugal to epic draw

European champions Portugal were pegged back twice by North and Central American champions Mexico in a 2-2 draw in the second match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday at the Kazan Arena in Russian Federation.

After pulling out a draw against the Portuguese, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said, "We were at least as good as they were and they're the current European champion".

In this Sunday, May 21, 2017 file photo, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Malaga and Real Madrid in Malaga, Spain.A Spanish judge has summoned Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo to court to answer questions after he was accused of tax fraud by a state prosecutor.

There have also been suggestions Pepe has been advising his club and global colleague, urging him to leave Madrid for a new challenge, with Paris Saint-Germain and Ronaldo's former club Manchester United thought to be interested.

A draw suits Mexico better as they prepare to face New Zealand next, but regardless, this was an enjoyable spectacle between two teams with ambitions of lifting the trophy and it will serve as a welcome tonic to the watching Infantino.

Ronaldo smacked a long-range shot onto the bar and Nani picked up the rebound to volley home.

It's been made very clear this week that the cacophonous chatter around Ronaldo's club future would not interfere with Portugal's plans.

Mexico force Cristiano Ronaldo captained Portugal to epic draw
Moreno celebrates his equalizer

Portugal went ahead when Cristiano Ronaldo's excellent work down the right wing set up Ricardo Quaresma, which was cancelled out by Javier Hernandez's smart header at the near post. However, other than that he did not threaten Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. In previous years his 50-yard run might have taken him through on goal; this time the Mexico defence caught up but his composure in laying the ball off was a reminder of his enduring quality. That was his 48 global goal.

Another defensive error led to Mexico's equaliser just before the break as Raphael Guerreiro lost sight of Raul Jiminez's cross and Carlos Vela popped the ball back across for Hernandez to head in.

Substitute Cedric Soares looked like being the European champions' hero with his 86th-minute deflected shot, but Moreno's header from a corner spoiled the Southampton defender's celebration of his first global goal to snatch a 2-2 draw for Mexico.

Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas fired Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon, but the game was once again dominated by the video assistant system which is being trialed at the Confederations Cup.

The tournament is traditionally used as a warm-up for the following year's World Cup and features the home nation, the winners of six continental tournaments and the reigning FIFA World Cup holders.

Soares' goal had to be confirmed by video review but it eventually stood.




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