Portugal are making their first appearance at the Confederations Cup as Euro 2016 winners, and open up their tournament against Mexico on Sunday evening in Kazan.
Moreno made it 2-2 in the 90th minute off a corner for Mexico with a ideal header when the Portuguese thought they had won.
The overall result will be a positive one for Mexico as they showed a gull to battle back from being down a goal twice to tie that match both times.
Cedric’s goal looked to have been the breakthrough Portugal needed, but Mexico did not cave in. Ronaldo magnificent pass found Quaresma, who is nobody to prevent to score into an empty net. After turning around and with his options seeming to have run out, Ronaldo slipped the ball past a sleeping Mexico defense to gift Quaresma the opener.
‘We played the European champions on equal terms, we generated chances but couldn’t finish them, ‘ said Osorio.
“We had nearly 60 percent of the possession”. Defeating Mexico in the opening round won’t be easy, because the North Americans are traveling to Russian Federation with some of their best players.
Soares’ goal had to be confirmed by video review but it eventually stood.
Mexico wasted no time finding an equalizer as Javier “Chicharito” Hernández scored from close range with a diving header in the 42nd minute.
After a cagey opening in front of over 34,000 fans in Kazan, the game sprang to life.
On Saturday, hosts Russia beat New Zealand 2-0 in the other Group A fixture after Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino opened the tournament with a speech inside the St Petersburg Stadium, where Russian president Vladimir Putin and legendary Brazil footballer Pele were also in attendance.
“It was not the result we wanted”, the Portugal captain said. The exception to that rule was Quaresma, who regularly looked unsafe in the fluid Portuguese forward line.
Both sides opted for a change after 57 minutes, as Giovani Dos Santos replaced Vela, while Gelson Martins came on for Nani. Striker Andre Silva was surprisingly left out of the starting XI.
“We also managed to keep Cristiano Ronaldo in check”.
Hernandez started in an unfamiliar role.
After seeing a goal ruled out in the first half after a referral to the video assistants, which caused confusion on the pitch, Vargas’ 91st-minute strike was again handled by video technology, although it was to overturn a wrong call from the assistant match official. With the goal gaping, though, he blasted the ball high over the bar.
“If this is going to happen several times during a game, well it’s not very pleasant for the players”, Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said.