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

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Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation as Portugal prepare for their opening match against Mexico, is said to be "outraged" after prosecutors accused the 32-year-old Real Madrid forward of defrauding the authorities of €14.8m (£12.9m). Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Andre Silva and Bernardo Silva make Portugal a serious threat in this competition.

Some sloppy passing play was as exciting as things got in the opening period, before the game was lit up following a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick.

Portugal had a goal disallowed in the first half after the referee consulted with the video assistant referee - and once more it provoked a storm of controversy.

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Ronaldo set up Ricardo Quaresma for Portugal's opener, which was duly cancelled out by former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, while Hector Moreno snatched a late point for Mexico after a Cedric Soares strike.

Portugal qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup by winning the UEFA Euro 2016.

The European champions did open the scoring in the 34th minute as Ronaldo was given the freedom to run in behind the defence before sneaking a pass through to Quaresma to finish neatly. Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Eder were in the squad when Portugal won the European championship previous year, with Eder scoring the extra-time victor in the final against host France, but none made it to Fernando Santos' squad for the Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up event.

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A few minutes after this, he was part of the build-up play which saw Portugal take a 2-1 lead late on. It was a good result at 2-1 but that's football.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said it was not the performance he expected from his team. "[We] try to play football, go on the front [foot], to press, score a lot of goals and thankfully we got one point". "But we have a chance to win if the players are capable of carrying out everything that we've been working on in these last days". Portuguese defender Bruno Alves won the game in injury time powering a header past Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

"We wanted to win, of course, but we have to be satisfied with this result against the European champions", Chicharito said.

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Russian Federation will be missing key men as they host the 2017 Confederations Cup, such as Alan Dzagoev - who also missed the Euros last summer - and Roman Zobnin to injury, while manager Stanislav Cherchesov has opted against selecting 26-year-old striker Aleksandr Kokorin, even after the Zenit man netted his nation's only goal in a 2-1 friendly defeat to the Czech Republic this month.

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