Mexico snatch draw with Ronaldo's Portugal in Confederations Cup

Sandy Mccarthy
June 19, 2017

European champions Portugal were pegged back twice by North and Central American champions Mexico in a 2-2 draw in the second match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday at the Kazan Arena in Russian Federation.

In Kazan hosted the second match of the eighth confederations Cup Portugal national team missed the victory over Mexico.

Portugal eventually broke the deadlock in the 34th minute when Ronaldo did well to pick out an un-marked Ricardo Quaresma, who skipped past Ochoa and slotted into an empty net.

This was a match either could have won, but Mexico will be more pleased with the result than Portugal will be.

We all know Pep Guardiola is obsessed with possession but what if I told you that another fixation of his is how a team defends immediately after losing the ball, especially in the opposite half. "There is no reason to be concerned, we have to think about the next match".

The 32-year-old Real Madrid striker, who is in Russian Federation as Portugal prepare for their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico, is said to be "outraged" after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of 14.7million euros (£12.8million).

Portugal thought they had the lead after Pepe scrambled home from close range, but the VAR system ruled him offside.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos on the result: "We played a team that has very good, technical players". Both play again on Wednesday, and will need to tighten up at the back if they are to progress into the knockout rounds.

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Fernando Santos threw on the highly-rated Andre Silva a minute later, and he almost restored Portugal's lead in the 84th minute but Ochoa produced a super save to keep out the striker's header.

While control was clearly something to talk about, it's not to say that there isn't a lot to ponder, and if Mexico wishes to go far in this tournament, and even more importantly for next summer, there are still certain places in which they have to improve.

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A frantic end to the first half gave way to a boring second as both sides were found wanting with their final ball, with Ronaldo - isolated after Nani's withdrawal - unable to influence the game.

Few players have succeeded alongside Ronaldo in Portugal's attack recently.

Prosecutors lodged a complaint at a Spanish court this month in which Ronaldo is accused of defrauding the Spanish treasury of €14.7million in tax owed on image rights.

As man of the match, Ronaldo was obliged to attend a formal press conference but failed to appear amid suggestions he was "undergoing treatment".

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