Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Confederations Cup Report: Portugal 2 - 2 Mexico

Confederations Cup Report: Portugal 2 - 2 Mexico

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo failed to inspire his side in the 2-2 Confederations Cup draw with Mexico.

Substitute Cedric Soares looked like being the European champions' hero with his 86th-minute deflected shot, but Moreno's header from a corner spoiled the Southampton defender's celebration of his first global goal to snatch a 2-2 draw for Mexico.

Earlier, Ronaldo had a header brilliantly tipped away by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa, while Gelson Martins - a target for Liverpool - fired just wide on the counter for Portugal.

Mexico striker Javier Hernandez cancelled out Quaresma's opener shortly before halftime and the two goals in an exciting last six minutes ensured the teams shared the points. 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.

Portugal's William Carvalho, left, and Mexico's Raul Jimenez fight for the ball during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Portugal had a first-half goal against Mexico chalked off in the Confederations Cup after the action was reviewed on video. As the game continued to play out, however, Portugal showed why they are in fact one of the better countries in the sport, as they looked more and more unsafe on the counter.

Carlos Vela and Hernandez again combined after a mistake by Borussia Dortmund defender Raphael Guerriero.

The result handed the early initiative in Group A to hosts Russian Federation, winners over New Zealand on Saturday.

"It wasn't the result that we wanted", said Ronaldo.

"The result was fair as Mexico also played well".

Portugal celebrated, but the game was then held up as the referee waited for the assistant to check the replay, before the goal was ruled out roughly 40 seconds later because Pepe had been adjudged to be offside.

It took at least 30 seconds for Vargas's goal in second-half stoppage time to be confirmed after Alexia Sanchez was judged not to have been in an offside position earlier in the move.

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