Portugal held by Mexico at Confed Cup

Portugal held by Mexico at Confed Cup

Ricardo Quaresma and Andres Cedric scored for Portugal in the Group A game while Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Hector Moreno scored Mexico’s goals.

Portugal won 2-1 the only time it faced Mexico in an official match, in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The first goal was an example of that and showcased a moment of brilliance from Ronaldo. We know we still have lots of opportunities, there are two games remaining and that’s why we’re calm.

And two goals in the final five minutes signified a insane end to a thrilling game and while Portugal feel robbed, a draw was probably the just result. “I have a pact with the players and we treat these personal matters away from the national team“. Portugal and Mexico are on a point each, while New Zealand are rock bottom with no point.

Mexico’s defense was only anxious about Ronaldo there, and that was a mistake.

The Portugal coach, Fernando Santos, and the striker André Silva have defended Cristiano Ronaldo, with Silva insisting his team-mate and captain is focused on the Confederations Cup, despite tax fraud accusations and fresh transfer speculation this week.

Portugal full-back Cedric Soares’ 88th-minute goal seemed to have given the Iberians a win but their Central American opponents made them pay for switching off at a corner when Mexico defender Hector Moreno rose high to head home a dramatic equaliser.

“It wasn’t the result that we wanted”, said Ronaldo. Now we need to think of the next game, which we have to win.

But Ronaldo has also publicly expressed his discontentment about being jeered at times by some Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, saying that it’s unfair considering all that he has done for the club since arriving in 2009.

Mexico has shown that it is a very good team, always playing attacking football”, Alves said.

Ronaldo will be playing his first match since being accused of defrauding Spain’s tax office of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) in unpaid taxes.

Osorio fielded a starting team entirely made up of players based in Europe and Mexico flew out of the blocks. Hernandez scores – A bad error from Raphael gives Vela the ball on the right-hand side, in the box.

“He is an example for us, the way he works, the way he plays“, Patricio said.

“It is a little hard for the players”, Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said.