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Confederation Cup : Ronaldo’s Portugal held by Mexico

A late header from Hector Moreno produced a 2-2 draw for Concacaf Gold Cup champions Mexico against Euro 2016 champions Portugal in a group stage match of the FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday.Cedric saved well from Cedric and tipped a deflection from defender Carlos Salcedo over the bar before Portugal finally took a deserved lead.Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo lamented his side’s failure to close out victory over Mexico after conceding an injury-time equaliser in yesterday’s 2-2 draw at the Confederations Cup.It was Portugal that could have taken an early lead when Pepe scored off a free kick, but after VAR replay, the goal was overturned after it was clearly seen that four Portugal players were offsides, including Pepe.Substitute Cedric Soares looked like being the European champions’ hero with his 86th-minute deflected shot, but Moreno’s header from a corner spoiled the Southampton defender’s celebration of his first global goal.”It was not the result we wanted, the team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minute, but this is football”, he said.”When Cristiano was able to run, that put Mexico on alert and we should have done that more often”, Santos said after the game in his only reference to Portugal’s talisman.There was huge focus on Ronaldo after news broke on Friday of his desire to leave Real Madrid and quit Spain for good because of his unhappiness at a tax investigation against him, but he frequently cut an isolated figure up front due to Portugal coach Fernando Santos’ cautious tactics. “But we are not anxious, there are two games left, we still have chances”. “We were always more unsafe than them, both in our organised play and on the counter attack”.The result leaves hosts Russian Federation top of Group A, following their 2-0 victory over New Zealand yesterday.”But no one has yet worked them out very well. It was a fair result for how the teams played”.From the rebound, Joao Moutinho drilled the ball towards goal and Pepe headed into the net only for the Video Assistant Referees to correctly rule the goal out for an offside in the initial move.Mexico equalized less than 10 minutes later with a close-range diving header by Chicharito after Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro failed to clear a ball crossed into the area.