Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star reacts to Portugal draw in Confederations Cup


Mexico salvaged a more than deserved draw in the 90th minute when Hector Moreno headed home a goal off a corner kick to leave everything at 2-2.

The Euro 2016 winners took the lead on 34 minutes when Ronaldo sprinted into the box and his beautifully-timed pass found Quaresma unmarked in the area.

"It was in the previous move after Cristiano [Ronaldo]'s shot hit the crossbar".

An entertaining encounter also saw an adjudication from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), who chalked off a Pepe goal for offside.

Just eight minutes later, Javier Hernandez scored the equaliser for Mexico.

Both teams are trailing hosts Russian Federation in Group A, who beat New Zealand 2-0 in the tournament opener on Saturday.

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This baffled Brian Kerr, who was not happy with the amount of time the assistant ref had allowed to be played before informing the referee of the offside, and Didi Hamann too was not impressed as he described the incident as a farce.

42' - GOAL! Portugal 1-1 Mexico.

Cedric saved well from Cedric and tipped a deflection from defender Carlos Salcedo over the bar before Portugal finally took a deserved lead.

Quaresma had a golden chance to double his tally six minutes later when Ronaldo set him up with a brilliant back-hell but his finish was just wide of the Mexico goal, much to the relief of Ochoa and co.

Handling Cristiano Ronaldo is going to be certainly one of the major concerns for the Mexicans and Miguel Layun said only hard work is going to get them the win.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo inspects the grass during a training session at the Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

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Portugal have no injuries ahead of their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico with manager Fernando Santos having a fully fit squad to select from.

'We still believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left. "We are calm and thinking about the next game". At the beginning we couldn't enjoy good control of the ball but then we managed to balance things out and could have won it in the end.

"He is concentrating on playing for the national team and he wants to give the motivation to have a good tournament".

"But I do not think anyone can see this new rule (working) very well yet".

Mexico is in fine shape heading into the tournament attack-minded, possession-based style of football.

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