A last gasp header by Hector Moreno helped Mexico secure a vital point against European Champions Portugal in the second match of Group A at the ongoing 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.
With a few minutes remaining, Cedric blasted a shot from a tight angle that squeezed past the ‘keeper, but Moreno’s late header rescued a point with only a minute remaining.
“It was not the result we wanted”, said the four-time Ballon d’Or victor.
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. “But we have to be careful because I don’t think people understand this new rule really well”. They were second-best on the ball here, although they enjoyed the bulk of the chances and, on the balance of the second half, possibly deserved to win the game.
Both teams are trailing hosts Russian Federation in Group A, who beat New Zealand 2-0 in the tournament opener on Saturday.
With Mexico still scrambling at the back, another delivery from the right was flicked into the bottom-left corner by Nani, but the referee – assisted by the VAR – disallowed the goal for offside. Chile players had done their choreographed goal celebration routine and were moving back into position for the restart when referee Skomina signaled for a review.
“We were at least as good as they were and they’re the current European champion”, said the Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio.
Portugal boss Fernando Santos rued the concession of a late equaliser.
Mexico’s last competitive loss came nine games and exactly one year ago when Chile hammered them 7-0 in the Centenary Copa America.
And the star man for Mexico was Jonathan dos Santos, who pulled the strings from the centre of the park for his side, while also pressing hard off the ball.
Ronaldo and his teammates can see the huge colorful depiction of the Portugal forward, but the public has no access to it.