Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Cristiano Ronaldo in focus after Confederations Cup tie

Cristiano Ronaldo in focus after Confederations Cup tie

However, the VAR disallowed the goal for an offside infringement earlier in the move. Ronaldo's free kick hits the wall, from the follow up, Ronaldo lashes a shot against the crossbar, with an excellent save from Ochoa.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo failed to inspire his side in the 2-2 Confederations Cup draw with Mexico. Now we need to think of the next game, which we have to win.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo: "It was not the result we wanted, the team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minutes, but this is football. He is an idol, even for us players", admitted veteran defender Bruno Alves, the 35-year-old who has just signed for Scottish club Rangers.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been honored with a large mural with his image in the Russian city of Kazan, but it was painted on the facade of a private building that is only visible to hotel guests where Portugal's team is staying for the Confederations Cup football tournament.

A stoppage-time header by Hector Moreno saw Mexico equalise to make it 2-2 after Portugal thought they had won it with Cedric Soares' deflected shot four minutes from time.

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.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said his team deserved their point but admitted there was work to be done going forward.

Few players have succeeded alongside Ronaldo in Portugal's attack recently. With all the attention on him in the box, Ronaldo coolly played off the ball and found Ricardo Quaresma for the easy tap-in goal and the 1-0 lead.

Defending looked optional at times during an entertaining 2-2 draw between Mexico and Portugal at the Confederations Cup on Sunday.

Dropping his shoulder to send goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to ground, Quaresma rounded the stopper and slotted the ball into an empty Mexico goal.

Portugal, who are making their debut at the Confederations Cup, go into the clash with Mexico on the back of a convincing 3-0 World Cup qualifying win away against Latvia.

The FIFA Player of the Year, who had scored 11 goals in seven games coming into Sunday's encounter, was perhaps not as influential as usual but was still named man-of-the-match.

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