Confederations Cup: Mexico frustrate Portugal

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Hector Moreno's late header secured a 2-2 draw in Kazan on Saturday in the teams' opening Group A encounter at the Confederations Cup.

But the referee consulted with the video official, who noticed that four Portuguese players had been offside in the passage of play before Ronaldo's shot.

Having rattled the crossbar, Ronaldo's deft pass in the area found Ricardo Quaresma unmarked to open the scoring in Kazan.

They wouldn't keep their lead into half-time though, Javier Hernandez drawing Mexico level just before the interval.

Portugal full-back Cedric Soares' 88th-minute goal seemed to have given the Iberians a win but their Central American opponents made them pay for switching off at a corner when Mexico defender Hector Moreno rose high to head home a dramatic equaliser.

With this draw, Portugal and Mexico are in second and third place, respectively, in Group A with one point each.

The result handed the early initiative in Group A to hosts Russian Federation, who beat New Zealand 2-0 a day earlier.

"The next match will be very tough because New Zealand will give it their all". Despite the fact that we don't know how Osorio will lineup his team, it wouldn't be surprising to see a starting XI that won't be afraid to put pressure on Portugal in the opening game.

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Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro failed to deal with a cross into the box and Carlos Vela teed up Hernandez, who met the cross with a diving header.

Portugal have scored 22 goals in six World Cup qualifiers so the advice is to punt the 3/1 with bet365 on there being over 3.5 goals in the game.

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 worldwide goal.

Vargas forced a fine save in the first minute before wing-back Jose Pedro Fuenzalida was impressively denied by the 21-year-old stopper.

The European champs soon took the lead though in sublime fashion after 34 minutes.

Keeping in mind that Portugal's midfield might be able to dictate the pace of the game, Mexico might not have very many chances to spare in the attack.

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