Cristiano Ronaldo skips post-match press conference after Portugal draw

Isaac Cain
June 19, 2017

Russian city of Kazan is the setting for the second match of the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2017 Confederations Cup between European champions Portugal and CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico.

Portugal thought they had taken the lead just after 20 minutes when Pepe had the ball in the net after pouncing on a Ronaldo volley that had hit the bar, but it was ruled out for offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

With a few minutes remaining, Cedric blasted a shot from a tight angle that squeezed past the 'keeper, but Moreno's late header rescued a point with only a minute remaining.

Mexico claimed a 2-2 draw with Portugal in their Confederations Cup opener on Sunday with a last-gasp equaliser by Hector Moreno.

Host Russia, ranked 63rd in the world, opens Group A play on Saturday against New Zealand in St Petersburg.

It wasn't a great opening game for New Zealand against Russian Federation, but there was at least something to celebrate for Chris Wood, who reached half a century of global appearances. "There's no need to set off any alarms, the team was good".

A deep cross was able to find former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela after lax defending from Raphael Guerreiro.

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The second half had little action until the final 10 minutes when, after goalkeeper Ochoa brilliantly saved Andre Silva's header, Soares' lung-bursting run into the penalty area saw him score with a huge deflection off Hector Herrera. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless.

Obviously the Portugal side has the best player in the entire tournament with the ineffable Cristiano Ronaldo.

With the game looking like it may end deadlocked at 1-1 defender Cedric popped up in the box to fire home his first global goal via a deflection.

"I think we were superior, we created more chances and we leave the field frustrated", Cedric said. 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.

But Mexico responded with Hernandez testing Portugal keeper Rui Patricio, before putting his side level.

"We still believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left". With a team well balanced by coach Fernando Santos, Portugal outscored opponents 28-4 during that streak, with five clean sheets. If he's able to shine and Guillermo Ochoa is able to deliver more masterclass efforts in net, the Mexican side can be risky.

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