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Mexico vs. Portugal: Confederations Cup highlights, score

Man-of-the-match awards at major tournaments are not renowned for their originality but it still seemed a questionable move when, amid a chaotic finale to Portugal’s 2-2 draw with Mexico, FIFA announced that Cristiano Ronaldo had been voted the game’s stand-out player.Host Russia, ranked 63rd in the world, opens Group A play on Saturday against New Zealand in St. Petersburg.A stoppage-time header by Hector Moreno saw Mexico equalise to make it 2-2 after Portugal thought they had won it with Cedric Soares’ deflected shot four minutes from time. Or go into the referee’s ear and say “Hold on, there was a problem three phases back, that we need to have a look at”, that to me was very odd.”However, our team is not bad either, and we really think we have a chance of winning”.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.The lead lasted less than 10 minutes, when Portugal volunteered its own poor defending.Mexico fully deserved a share of the spoils against Portugal as a reward for taking the game to the European champions, according to El Tri head coach Juan Carlos Osorio.”Mexico has shown that it is a very good team, always playing attacking football”, Alves said.The match kicked off in Kazan after a moment of silence in memory of the victims who have died in forest fires in Pedrogao Grande, Portugal.”It was not the result we wanted”, the Portugal captain said. “Mexico was better, more aggressive. Every game is a reason for us to get together and cheer for our Mexico lindo y querido!”Together, the young Silva and the veteran Ronaldo have scored 18 goals since they started playing alongside each other following Euros 2016.He attracted headlines last week after being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of defrauding the country’s tax authorities.The Portuguese sports daily A Bola published a front-page story Friday saying that Ronaldo was upset with the accusations made against him and that his decision to leave Madrid was “irreversible”.The 32-year-old was obliged to appear in front of the cameras after being named as FIFA’s official man of the match at the Kazan Arena in Russian Federation.Ronaldo made a great run from near midfield to set up Quaresma’s 34th-minute goal.Mexico: Ochoa – Salcedo (Araujo, 67), D. Reyes, Moreno, Layun Herrera, John.In his next game, Silva scored a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands, when Ronaldo added one goal in another 6-0 victory.Mexico, opted to bench the likes of Giovani Dos Santos and Hirving Lozano, were looking fluid in their 4-3-3 formation with Javier Hernandez and Carslos Vela leading the line for El Tri.Video Assistant Review technology came into play twice, denying Portugal a goal and also allowing a goal.