Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

Cedric Soares’ deflected shot then put Portugal back in front – only for Hector Moreno to head home for Mexico in injury time. It was a litmus test for how far the team has come and whether the same weaknesses La Roja exposed would surface again against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.”It’s not the result we wanted, we had the game nearly won”, said Ronaldo, who was voted the man of the match. We believe we have a great opportunity. “We’re ready to face a likeable New Zealand team but we expect a hard match (on Saturday)”, he told reporters on Friday.Portugal take on tournament hosts Russian Federation in their next group-stage outing on Wednesday afternoon, before then facing outsiders New Zealand three days later.Southampton defender Cedric made it 2-1 to Portugal in the 86th minute.Obviously the Portugal side has the best player in the entire tournament with the ineffable Cristiano Ronaldo. But he seems to have won over Mexico’s players and what we saw on Sunday was the essence of Mexican football.European Champions Portugal, also the tournament debutants will enter the tournament facing off against Mexico at the Kazan Arena. “The draw is a fair result without doubt”, said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, whose side wore black armbands in honour of the victims of a deadly forest fire back home. “We played against a team at a high level”.Javier Hernandez is the only player at #ConfedCup 2017 to have scored in a previous edition (scoring three in 2013).He attracted headlines last week after being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of defrauding the country’s tax authorities.As man of the match, Ronaldo was obliged to attend a formal press conference but failed to appear amid suggestions he was “undergoing treatment”.Ronaldo practiced normally with the rest of the team in the final training session before Sunday’s game, smiling and joking with his teammates.However, the winger had other ideas, clipping a lovely ball across the box for Quaresma, who sent Ochoa one way before knocking the ball into an unguarded net.Added goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa: “We played well because we made Portugal, the European champion, close up and play on the counter-attack. Every game is a reason for us to get together and cheer for our Mexico lindo y querido!”Ronaldo is on the back of two major title victories, and will be looking to make it a ideal three this summer.”Ronaldo is motivated”, young Portugal forward Andre Silva said. However the goal was ruled out after the three Video Assistant Referees reviewed it and found out a Portuguese player was in an offside position.