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

Ronaldo far from Portugal's only threat, warns Osorio


Cristiano Ronaldo is ready for the Confederations Cup: Portugal's talisman has a new haircut for the tournament and a pair of specially designed boots, so do not be in any doubt that he is taking it seriously.

"It doesn't matter what your name is or the league you play in: we're all in this together and we're all fighting for the same objective. The Portuguese people love football and, after seeing the team prevail in Europe past year, they are waiting for the next great achievement".

Portugal is hoping a red-hot Cristiano Ronaldo can continue his sparkling form and help the European champions show that their victory at Euro 2016 wasn't a fluke. "Mexico was better, more aggressive". "We faced the European champions, a team that plays at a very high level, and we played equal to them. But yes, their transitions are very risky, like any team that plays with that system". He also scored important goals in the decisive stages of the Spanish league, a competition Madrid won this season for the first time in five years.

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"We know what type of player he is, but aside from him there are other quality players that we have to stop".

The Portuguese sports daily A Bola published a front-page story Friday saying that Ronaldo was upset with the accusations made against him and that his decision to leave Madrid was "irreversible".

The 32-year-old Real Madrid superstar's build-up to the tournament in Russian Federation has been overshadowed after he was this week accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding the authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.5m) in tax through offshore companies. The team said that he couldn't go because he was receiving post-game treatment, although it said it wasn't anything serious.

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Mexico equalized less than 10 minutes later with a close-range diving header by Chicharito after Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro failed to clear a ball crossed into the area. If he's able to shine and Guillermo Ochoa is able to deliver more masterclass efforts in net, the Mexican side can be unsafe.

Fernando Santos says the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) remains confusing after his Portugal side saw an opening goal ruled out against Mexico at the Confederations Cup.

Mexico, who drew 1-1 at home to the United States in World Cup qualifying last weekend, will look to Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela and Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez for inspiration.

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Ochoa made a great diving save in the 85th to keep young Portugal forward Andre Silva from scoring with a header.

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