Late Moreno header salvages Mexico point, Chile start with win

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Giovani dos Santos and Mexico opened the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against the reigning European champions Portugal in Kazan.

Portugal had a goal disallowed in the first half after the referee consulted with the video assistant referee - and once more it provoked a storm of controversy.

Cristiano Ronaldo fed Ricardo Quaresma through for the opener in Russian Federation, but Javier Hernandez equalised for Mexico before the break.

Just eight minutes later, Javier Hernandez scored the equalizer for Mexico.

Having successfully recovered from an injury which kept him under doubt for the Latvia qualifier, Besiktas star was rewarded with a starting place in Portugal's Confederations Cup opener against Mexico.

The result left European champion Portugal and Gold Cup victor Mexico trailing host Russian Federation in Group A. Russian Federation opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday. New Zealand is at the bottom of the group with no points.

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Cedric saved well from Cedric and tipped a deflection from defender Carlos Salcedo over the bar before Portugal finally took a deserved lead.

With time running out, Southampton right-back Cedric pounced on a loose ball and slammed home Portugal's second goal. They scored in the last few minutes and now we think of the next game. The strike was ruled out following advice to referee Nestor Pitana from the video replay team. The anticipation of the Confederations Cup's first real spectacle was enough to tempt him down from St Petersburg and bring more than 34,000 people into the stands.

The problem Osorio and the players have is that Mexico rarely play top-ranked opposition - and even more rarely in an official competition outside of Europe - accentuating the hype and the need to constantly prove itself when the big games do swing around.

Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, went into the day's first match with plenty of attention on his future, after reports that he wanted to leave Real Madrid after being charged with tax fraud.

"In the end, the result was fair as Mexico also played well".

Portugal players will wear black armbands against Mexico in the today to honour compatriots that passed away from forrest fires. RIP. They have been to 15 World Cups, including every one since 1994, with a best result of quarterfinalists two times. Ronaldo magnificent pass found Quaresma, who is nobody to prevent to score into an empty net. "It's about time that Mexico got the recognition and that bit of trust that we are doing things right and we're on the right path".

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