Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Confederations Cup: Late Moreno header salvages Mexico point, Chile start with win


Portugal national team forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes part in a training session in Kazan on June 15, 2017, as part of the team's preparation for the Confederations Cup.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Cedric Soares looked to have given the European champions the three points with a goal in the 86th, but newly-signed AS Roma defender Hector Moreno scored off a corner to rescue a point for the CONCACAF representatives.

The result leaves both sides tied for second place in Group A, behind hosts Russian Federation who top the group after beating New Zealand 2-0 on Saturday in St. Petersburg.

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Portugal did eventually take the lead on 34 minutes though, when Ronaldo broke through into the Mexico box and played a lovely pass to Ricardo Quaresma, who was completely unmarked on the right, and slotted past Guillermo Ochoa.

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Mexico has won five of its last six matches, with a 2-1 home loss to Croatia in a friendly in May. There are two games to go and that's why we're cool, we're at ease.

Selecao had the ball in the back of the net after 20 minutes through Pepe, but the Video Assistant Referee deemed the goal offside just moments before Ronaldo had struck the crossbar.

"We have to win because if we win then we'll be a step nearer qualifying".

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Guardado and other teammates suggested the draw felt good because of its last-gasp nature, but the PSV midfielder wasn't entirely happy because "we thought we would win". It is not just Ronaldo they will need to stop though-winger Bernardo Silva, who missed Euro 2016 through injury, is fresh from winning the French title with Monaco and sealing a big-money move to Manchester City.

Mexico: Ochoa - Salcedo (Araujo, 67), D. Reyes, Moreno, Layun Herrera, John. I want to remind you that Mexico held a control match against the USA national team in the qualification for the World Cup among the countries of North and Central America.

With that, the result now gives both of the teams one point, a fair result.

Vela pinged the ball back across goal to capitalise upon the poaching abilities of Mexico's all-time leading goalscorer Javier Hernandez.

Mexico head into Sunday's clash having drawn 1-1 with the United States of America in their latest World Cup qualifier, although prior to that they earned comfortable victories over Honduras in a qualifying game and Ireland in a friendly, winning 3-0 and 3-1 respectively.

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