Portugal draw against Mexico

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Video replays were again consulted, but no change was made to the initial decision to award the goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo brushed off speculation about his Real Madrid future, although Portugal conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Mexico at the Confederations Cup yesterday.

A loss here wouldn't have been a disaster.

Mexico for much of the match took possession and control and was the team that took the game to Portugal from the forefront. Mexico had to come back twice against Ronaldo and co. and a result like this will surely strengthen Osorio's belief that his team has learned many lessons since past year.

"If we win we'll be close to qualifying so it's not the time to sound the alarm".

"I stand by Ronaldo's character and integrity, both as a man and as an athlete", said Santos, who coached Ronaldo when the player was a teenager in Portugal before leaving to play for Manchester United.

If the game was a test of those factors, Mexico passed. He has led Madrid to back-to-back Champions League titles and its first Spanish league in five seasons this year, and helped Portugal to win last year's European Championship. "Going toe-to-toe with the European champion, not backing down for anything and keeping looking for a goal even after twice going behind".

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"I think we were superior, we created more chances and we leave the field frustrated", Cedric said. It is always our goals. "It speaks well of Mexico, of the work we are doing". Star of the show was Marco Asensio, who scored a classy hat trick in Gdynia as he cemented his claim as one of the most exhilarating young players in the game. "We lacked a little bit of efficiency".

Guardado may well be right.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos on the result: "We played a team that has very good, technical players".

But personally, it's awesome how he didn't succeed at Arsenal, so maybe this is a sign that Carlitos Vela, with 56 caps and 17 goals for his country, can make another statement on the world stage.

"Coming from behind leaves you with a different feeling", Hernandez said. There are two games to go and that's why we're cool, we're at ease. However, other than that he did not threaten Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Moreno pointed out that there is more than one similarity between Osorio's outlook and those of his former club managers Louis van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino.

Whether it was the right flank in the first half or the left in the second half, Quaresma was quite easily the most menacing of attacking players for Portugal ahead of the much fancied Ronaldo.

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