Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

'Not the result we wanted', rues Ronaldo, after draw with Mexico

'Not the result we wanted', rues Ronaldo, after draw with Mexico

The result handed the early initiative in Group A to hosts Russian Federation, winners over New Zealand on Saturday. We have a great chance of winning the Confederations Cup because there are still two [group] games left. "We were always more unsafe than them, both in our organised play and on the counter attack".

Pitana and the linesman had initially allowed the goal, which would have put Portugal ahead 1-0 in their Group A opener.

But the Portugal captain created another shooting opportunity for Quaresma with 10 minutes remaining and, although Ochoa saved comfortably, they continued to pile late pressure on Mexico.

Ronaldo added in his post-match interview: 'We are calm and we have to think about the next game.

Cedric Soares restored Portugal's lead on 86 minutes, but Hector Moreno's stoppage-time header salvaged a point for Mexico in their Group A opener. We played without confidence, couldn't connect two or three passes.

At the end of the match, the teams again exchanged goals - the Portuguese efforts of Cedric, it seemed, snatched victory but for a few seconds before the final whistle Moreno flanking flow and saved Mexico from defeat.

Prosecutors lodged a complaint at a Spanish court this month in which Ronaldo is accused of defrauding the Spanish treasury of €14.7million in tax owed on image rights.

Cameroon goalie Fabrice Ondoa had little time to settle into Sunday's second Confederations Cup game with South American champions Chile on the front foot from kick off.

Javier Hernandez equalised with a low header from Carlos Vela's cross. However, other than that he did not threaten Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

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Pepe had a goal disallowed for offside after a referral to the video assistant referees before Ricardo Quaresma sold the keeper a dummy and slotted in.

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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