Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Mexico snatch dramatic late leveller to deny Portugal victory

Mexico snatch dramatic late leveller to deny Portugal victory

Ronaldo carried the ball into the area but was surrounded by three defenders and he passed it to Quaresma, who was free from markers on the far side of the box.

The video assistant referees were called upon for several key decisions at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation on Sunday, as Portugal were held 2-2 by Mexico and Chile beat Cameroon 2-0.

A late header from Hector Moreno produced a 2-2 draw for Concacaf Gold Cup champions Mexico against Euro 2016 champions Portugal in a group stage match of the FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday.

"It wasn't the result that we wanted", said Ronaldo.

"I expect a really good game with incredible spirit from our team".

At the same time, the midfield for Mexico was the better of the two with Jonathan Dos Santos being an animal in the middle of the park and winning every loose ball, while Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado also playing their part in winning the 50/50 challenges and controlling the midfield and maintaining the ball.

Quaresma and Dos Santos each went close entering the final 10 minutes, but the match appeared to be headed for a draw.

"We felt it was a great opportunity in the first game", Hudson told a pre-match news conference at Sochi's Fisht Stadium.

"Now we have to think about the next match because we must win". And the fact the game came one year to the day since that 7-0 defeat to Chile in the Copa America Centenario made the draw with Portugal a gauge of where Mexico have improved.

June 18- Under the watchful eye of president Vladimir Putin, Russia kicked off the Confederations Cup with a comfortable 2-0 win against New Zealand, but the tournament's opening weekend was dominated by controversy over VAR. "Because of the domination we had, the way we played out and always looked for a controlled path to goal".

Ronaldo reportedly wants to leave Real after being accused by Spanish prosecutors of defrauding the authorities of €14.7 million (US$16.5 million, RM17.4 million) in tax through offshore companies.

But was Ronaldo talking about his opponents? Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless.

A world-class potential who largely failed to deliver to the promise is enjoying a stellar run for his national side, where he has managed to position himself as one of the key players at the age of 33. They aren't one man team though, with both Sandro Ramirez and Marcos Llorente catching the eye in their Group B opener.

Chile passed up the chance to take the lead when Mauricio Isla could only steer an Arturo Vidal cross wide from close range.

"In the end, the result was fair as Mexico also played well".

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