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

Troubled Ronaldo Eyes More Silver at Confederations Cup

Troubled Ronaldo Eyes More Silver at Confederations Cup

Mexico claimed a 2-2 draw with the European champions, with a last-gasp equaliser by Hector Moreno after Cedric seemed to have won the game for Portugal with a goal five minutes from time.

Mexico has appeared at six of the nine FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments to date, and is the only contender in this year's tournament that has held champion status.

"We played a team that has very good, technical players", he said. "We are all with Portugal", Infantino said. "The Portuguese people love football and, after seeing the team prevail in Europe a year ago, they are waiting for the next great achievement".

"The majority of Mexico's starters play in Europe and compete at a high level, so I believe we have what it takes to bring down the current European champs!" he said.

A good performance at the Confederations Cup will virtually secure him a fifth world player of the year award, equaling Lionel Messi.

"We're a tight-knit team and we really understand all the different phases we have to go through: when it's time to train we train, and when it's time to kick back and relax we do that too. It was a fair result for how the teams played".

Coach Fernando Santos and some of Ronaldo's teammates are confident the star forward won't be affected by the buzz created by a report that said he wants to leave the Spanish club because of allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities. 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 know what type of player he is, but aside from him there are other quality players that we have to stop".

He skipped the post-match press conference which he was supposed to attend as the man of the match.

Ronaldo carried the ball into the area but was surrounded by three defenders and he passed it to Quaresma, who was free from markers on the far side of the box.

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

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.

Mexico equalised eight minutes later through a Javier Hernandez diving header after poor defending by the Portuguese.

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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