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

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal pair give backing to captain amid speculation


Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during their game against Mexico in the Fifa Confederations Cup match in Kazan, June 18, 2017.

Cristiano Ronaldo fed Ricardo Quaresma through for the opener in Russian Federation, but Javier Hernandez equalised for Mexico before the break.

Southampton full-back Cedric Soares thought he had won it for Portugal when he scored on 86 minutes, only for Moreno to earn a point for El Tri late on.

Portugal seemed destined to claim the Group A points, but Mexico rallied again and equalized in added time when Hector Moreno rose highest to head in a corner.

Portugal vs Mexico Head to Head Record: Total games played 2; Portugal won both of them.

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The result left European champion Portugal and Gold Cup victor Mexico trailing host Russian Federation in Group A. Russian Federation opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday.

The Euro 2016 winners kicked on again in the game's closing stages and Cedric netted with the help of a Hector Herrera deflection, but Moreno responded to earn a share of the spoils, with further talk of Ronaldo's uncertain club future sure to follow Portugal to their next match against Group A leaders Russian Federation.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed. Ronaldo's free kick hits the wall, from the follow up, Ronaldo lashes a shot against the crossbar, with an excellent save from Ochoa.

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Portugal is not anxious about Cristiano Ronaldo being distracted at the Confederations Cup by talk of his possible departure from Real Madrid.

The player who stole the show, though, was the scorer of the first goal of the match - Ricardo Quaresma. It was, of course, the right decision, but it also necessitated going back a few phases in the buildup to find the initial infringement for offside.

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For Mexico's coach Juan Carlos Osorio, he too does not have a lot of injuries to deal with but his captain and Mexico's most experienced player Rafael Marquez could miss the first match because of a back spasm.

Carlos Vela crossed for Hernandez to finish from close range after an error from Raphael Guerreiro and the goal gave Mexico the jolt of confidence it badly needed, with the game on the verge of slipping away and Ronaldo looking in a menacing mood.

Overall a point each was a fair result.

Was it the Mexican players, the referees, the video assistants or maybe the press?

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