Portugal frustrated by late Mexican equaliser at Confederations Cup

Portugal frustrated by late Mexican equaliser at Confederations Cup

An entertaining encounter also saw an adjudication from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), who chalked off a Pepe goal for offside.

Ronaldo had earlier teed up Ricardo Quaresma for the opener, with Javier Hernandez’s equaliser leading to a tight second half before a hectic finish.

The second half started in a similarly cautious vein as the first, but came to life in the latter stages, with defender Cedric giving Portugal the lead on 86 minutes after Mexico failed to clear the danger in their box.

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The result leaves the two nations with a point each, two points behind host nation, Russia, which opened their Confederations Cup account with a 2-0 win over New Zealand.

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Forward Nani scored but a review by video assistants showed a Portugal player was offside in the build up to the goal.

“We played a team that has very good, technical players”, said Portugsl coach Fernando Santos. We have a great chance of winning the Confederations Cup because there are still two [group] games left.

Alexis Sanchez, brought on as a second-half substitute after picking up an ankle injury in training, ran clean through on goal late on with a national record 38th Chile goal for the taking.

It had seemed as though Cedric had handed all three points to the European champions when he fired Portugal in front in the 85th minute but Mexico and Moreno had other ideas.

Mexican fans were in fine voice in the Kazan Arena and Osorio was delighted with the welcome his players received.

‘We have to win, because if we win the next game we will be one step away from qualifying’.

“We are calm and we have to think about the next game”.

Quaresma could have doubled his tally just before halftime after a Ronaldo backheel gave him an opening, but the ball got stuck under his feet and could only drag his shot just wide, when the opportunity had promised so much more – and Portugal were made to pay.

The victory gave Chile a ideal start to their maiden Confederations Cup campaign, after they qualified by successfully defending their Copa America title a year ago.