Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Mexico score incredible last minute equalizer against Portugal


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.

"We could have killed off the match but it didn't happen".

'We played a team that has very good, technical players.

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Portugal had a first-half goal against Mexico chalked off in the Confederations Cup after the action was reviewed on video.

"In the end it was a well-deserved result after how we played today", Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said. "We lacked a little bit of efficiency". A media circus surrounding their most important player is the last thing required by manager Fernando Santos, who made a point of drawing a line under the topic in his pre-match news conference and did not address it afterward.

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Ronaldo, 32, is reportedly furious over a tax probe into the off-shore accounts dealing with his image rights, and has reportedly vowed to leave Spain.

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.

Ronaldo was also involved in one of the game's biggest talking points, a "goal" that was disallowed after consultation with the Video Assistant Referees.

Play continued for about 10 seconds until the ball got to Nani and he scored from inside the area after a shot by Ronaldo hit the crossbar. Cristiano Ronaldo ran at the Mexican defense before finding Quaresma for an easy finish.

The 33-year-old took the most number of shots on goal - 6, which was 3 more than any other player - and he peppered Ochoa with some testing shots.

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But Mexico responded with Hernandez testing Portugal keeper Rui Patricio, before putting his side level.

Dropping his shoulder to send goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to ground, Quaresma rounded the stopper and slotted the ball into an empty Mexico goal. A defensive error allowed Carlos Vela to get on the ball, and his hooked cross was headed in.

After an explosive opening period, the second was a much tamer affair as both teams squandered half chances as the tempo dropped.

Within 15 minutes Portugal had taken the lead, however, with Ronaldo, who has now scored or provided an assist in each of his last seven games for the national team, nearly inevitably at the heart of it.

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Players like Cristiano Ronaldo , Nani , Andre Silva and Bernardo Silva make Portugal a serious threat in this competition. A few minutes after this, he was part of the build-up play which saw Portugal take a 2-1 lead late on.


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