Confederation Cup: Ronaldo's Portugal held by Mexico

Kristopher Nichols
June 19, 2017

Portugal had an early effort controversially disallowed by the video referees but they eventually took the lead after 34 minutes through Ricardo Quaresma after a mistake by Carlos Salcedo let Cristiano Ronaldo through on goal.

Portugal vs Mexico was the Confederations Cup offering on Sunday, and it was indefinitely more watchable than the opening game between Russian Federation and New Zealand.

However, the former Manchester United forward opted to speak only to FIFA's official channel specifically about the game, citing a need to undergo some treatment for his reason behind skipping other press duties. "There are no alarm bells ringing".

Portugal's next game in the Confederations Cup is against hosts Russian Federation on Wednesday before the European champions conclude Group A against New Zealand on Saturday.

"We know we didn't play well", he said.

And two goals in the final five minutes signified a insane end to a thrilling game and while Portugal feel robbed, a draw was probably the just result.

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

Ronaldo made a great run from near midfield to set up Quaresma's 34th-minute goal.

The Besiktas winger drew Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and tapped home the opening goal.

Mexico equalised eight minutes later through a Javier Hernandez diving header after poor defending by the Portuguese. Chicharito gets support from Carlos Vela and Raul Jiminez on the wings, while Jonathan dos Santos mans the center of the pitch.

Forward Nani scored but a review by video assistants showed a Portugal player was offside in the build up to the goal.

There were concerns that the match could be suspended after warnings from Federation Internationale de Football Association against homophobic chants by Mexican fans, but they were only heard a couple of times during the match and did not cause any disruption.

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