Mexico face biggest summer test in Confed Cup opener vs. Portugal

Mexico claimed a 2-2 draw with Portugal in their Confederations Cup opener on Sunday with a last-gasp equaliser by Hector Moreno after Cedric seemed to have won the game for the European champions with a goal five minutes from time.Portugal’s next game in the Confederations Cup is against hosts Russian Federation on Wednesday before the European champions conclude Group A against New Zealand on Saturday. The Confederations Cup is considered a warm up for next summer’s World Cup.Mexico’s Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.Southampton defender Cedric made it 2-1 to Portugal in the 86th minute.May now be 32 but still remains the key man, as highlighted by the fact he has scored or provided an assist in his last seven matches for Portugal.Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said his team deserved their point but admitted there was work to be done going forward. “It was a great result for Mexican football”.”We know we didn’t play well”, he said. While Sunday’s performance was by no means a disaster – Portugal drew all three group games on the way to winning Euro 2016 – he’ll want those around Ronaldo to be more supportive of the superstar.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.With that, the result now gives both of the teams one point, a fair result.However, the former Manchester United forward opted to speak only to FIFA’s official channel specifically about the game, citing a need to undergo some treatment for his reason behind skipping other press duties.The Real Madrid forward, who had been surrounded by speculation over his future leading into the game, controlled a long cross-field pass that caught out Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo, then burst into the box.But, just as sloppy defending had let Ronaldo in, Raphael Guerreiro’s poor miscue led to an equaliser for Hernandez three minutes before half-time.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 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).