Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

Posted June 19, 2017

And such was the impact of the change that his compatriot Fonte admitted Ronaldo's new hairdo took a few of his Portugal teammates aback when he joined up with Fernando Santos' squad in Russian Federation ahead of the Confederations Cup. El Tri would find their last-gasp equalizer from the head of Hector Moreno to force Portugal to split points on the day.

Portugal thought they had snatched victory in the closing stages of the match, as Cedric Soares' deflected effort found the corner of Mexico's net with four minutes of normal time remaining. A cross by Martins was parried away by Ochoa, but right to the feet of right back Cedric, who scored from close range to put Portugal ahead.

Ronaldo had not been bad at all; he created one goal and was involved in another and also hit the bar in the first half. Quaresma scores - Ronaldo bursts down the left after Salcedo fails to cut out a crossfield pass. Ronaldo loses the run of things as he brings the ball into the box, but turns out of trouble.

Portugal to win 2-1 against Mexico.

"We had nearly 60 percent of the possession".

On the 21st minute there was a historic event in the history of football - the main referee Nestor Supply canceled goal Pepe, after consultation with videoassistance.

Osorio fielded a starting team entirely made up of players based in Europe and Mexico flew out of the blocks.

A frantic end to the first half gave way to a tiresome second as both sides were found wanting with their final ball, with Ronaldo - isolated after Nani's withdrawal - unable to influence the game.

The Besiktas winger drew Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and tapped home the opening goal. Defeat would've been a cruel result for a Mexico team that fought well, but then came Moreno's fine header.

The much discussed video assistant referee was is being trialed at the Confederations Cup this summer, but there were only complaints to be heard after Portugal drew 2-2 with Mexico as the system disrupted play and disallowed a goal that really should have stood.

"[We showed] personality", captain Andres Guardado said afterwards when asked about the positives from the game. The exception to that rule was Quaresma, who regularly looked risky in the fluid Portuguese forward line. Striker Andre Silva was surprisingly left out of the starting XI. For Portugal, the match will be a chance for Cristiano Ronaldo and company to add another accomplishment to last year's stunning UEFA Euro 2016 title. Miguel Layun was given the responsibility of overlapping from full-back.

Having threatened with a header earlier, Hernandez stole in to head home an equaliser three minutes from the interval. With the goal gaping, though, he blasted the ball high over the bar.