Scoring Specialist Hector Moreno Rescues Mexico In 2-2 Draw With Portugal

Vincent Carr
June 20, 2017

Argentine referee Nestor Pitana disallowed a goal by Portugals Pepe in the 21st minute of the first half after consulting the video assistant referee.

Portugal did eventually take the lead on 34 minutes though, when Ronaldo broke through into the Mexico box and played a lovely pass to Ricardo Quaresma, who was completely unmarked on the right, and slotted past Guillermo Ochoa.

Mexico wasted no time finding an equalizer as Javier "Chicharito" Hernández scored from close range with a diving header in the 42nd minute.

CRISTIANO RONALDO failed to appear for the usual post-match interview after being named man-of-the-match for Portugal in their 2-2 draw with Mexico.

Portugal play hosts Russian Federation in Moscow on Wednesday, while Mexico take on New Zealand in Sochi.

Hudson was gunning for points against the hosts and will not scale down those ambitions against Mexico, despite El Tri lying 78 places above New Zealand in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings. "We're very happy with this first game".

"We played a team that has very good, technical players", he said.

Fernando Santos sent Portugal out in a 4-4-2 formation on the Confederations Cup debut, with talisman and captain Cristiano Ronaldo leading the line alongside Nani but despite their obvious superiority on paper, they struggled to get a hold of the ball in the opening exchanges.

The Krasnodar striker said: "It's very hard to build a team when you have such an individual among you as everything revolves around him".

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KD added that she knows everything he went trough and that in fact, they together were in it all the time . Two titles in three years for Golden State. "They have an incredible team".

"Hector Moreno's goal handed Mexican football a huge result", he said.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored or assisted in each of his last seven games for Portugal. The VAR allows a review of match-deciding situations with the aid of video footage.

Ronaldo's most expressive work came on the pitch and with the ball in play.

With time running out, Southampton right-back Cedric pounced on a loose ball and slammed home Portugal's second goal.

Portugal led twice but were left frustrated as they switched off at the death, Moreno heading in from a corner.

While New Zealand will take confidence from playing well and pushing Mexico in October, it is worth nothing several of their European stars did not feature and just six of that 23-man squad were selected for this tournament.

"The team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minute, but this is football".

Portugal ended 2-2 with Mexico and, perhaps fortunately for FIFA, Chile beat Cameroon 2-0.

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