Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

Ronaldo has scored 18 goals in his last 11 matches, including two in Portugal's 3-0 win at Latvia in a European World Cup qualifier last week, the team's last match before the Confederations Cup opener against Mexico.

A loss here wouldn't have been a disaster.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo failed to inspire his side in the 2-2 Confederations Cup draw with Mexico. The most experienced players received me with open arms and made me feel welcomed.

The quality of El Tri's players would also have been debated.

Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at the Rubin Training Ground in Kazan.

If the game was a test of those factors, Mexico passed.

In the second half, Cedric appeared to have secured all three points for Portugal after finally finding a way past an inspired Guillermo Ochoa, but Moreno, who scored seven goals for PSV in the Eredivisie this season as a center half, rose highest on a corner to snatch a dramatic equalizer. "The draw is a fair result without doubt", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, whose side wore black armbands in honour of the victims of a deadly forest fire back home. "Going toe-to-toe with the European champion, not backing down for anything and keeping looking for a goal even after twice going behind".

"If we win we'll be close to qualifying so it's not the time to sound the alarm".

"I think we were superior, we created more chances and we leave the field frustrated", Cedric said. "It speaks well of Mexico, of the work we are doing".

One "clear error" might be overturned every four or five games, Federation Internationale de Football Association head of refereeing Massimo Busacca suggested previous year. "It's deserved and what Mexico have done deserves praise, to go toe-to-toe with the champions of Europe", he said. "We lacked a little bit of efficiency".

Guardado may well be right.

For all time between the national teams of Portugal and Mexico were played 2 matches. Russian Federation leads Group A with three, while New Zealand has zero.

With no communication to players or fans why referrals were being made there was a slight sense of uncertainty and confusion and, while Santos accepted that was to be expected with new technology, he found it frustrating. "We nearly had the game won but we suffered in the final minutes". While Sunday's performance was by no means a disaster - Portugal drew all three group games on the way to winning Euro 2016 - he'll want those around Ronaldo to be more supportive of the superstar.

"We're expecting a very hard opponent".

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