Portugal vs Mexico 2017 Confederation Cup group stage match end in draw

Cristiano Ronaldo fed Ricardo Quaresma through for the opener in Russian Federation, but Javier Hernandez equalised for Mexico before the break.

Mexico claimed a 2-2 draw with Portugal in their Confederations Cup opener on Sunday with a last-gasp equaliser by Hector Moreno.

Osorio said: “We played the European champions on equal terms, we generated chances but couldn’t finish them”.

Ronaldo, 32, is reportedly furious over a tax probe into the off-shore accounts dealing with his image rights, and has reportedly vowed to leave Spain.

There’s plenty of issues concerning Ronaldo right now – 14.7 million reasons to be exact – and now the Real Madrid star could have added another problem on top of that.

The result handed the early initiative in Group A to hosts Russian Federation, who beat New Zealand 2-0 a day earlier.

When Ronaldo’s volley thumped the crossbar, Nani pounced on the rebound, but the video ref spotted that four players were offside.

The reminder from this game, yet again, was that Portugal remain reliant on Ronaldo to an unhealthy degree.

With no communication to players or fans why referrals were being made, there was a slight sense of uncertainty and confusion and, while Santos accepted that was to be expected with new technology, he found it frustrating.

Mexico: Ochoa 6, Salcedo 5, Moreno 7, Diego Reyes 6, Layún 6, Guardado 6, Herrera 6, J. Dos Santos 6, Vela 7, Chicharito 7, Jiménez 6. Portugal all-time record goal scorer collided with Dimitri Payet and was unable to continue with his knee injury.

The Mexicans should have taken the lead on the stroke of half time as Jiminez pulled the ball back for Hernandez inside the box but the Borrusia Moenchengladbach striker ballooned his shot. Quaresma re-joined the Superlig powerhouse after his second stint with native Porto and enjoyed a busy season during which he helped his club to a league title with 26 appearances, two goals and 13 assists.

His second half display was far quieter although it was his ball for substitute Gelson Martins that led to what should have been the 86th-minute match-winner from Cedric Soares.

Not that keen to exert himself in the pursuit of possession and was quite happy for the team to defend without him, but when they got the ball to him in the final third he did at least try to affect the game, albeit it with limited success. Russian Federation were comfortable winners in their opener, but that says more about the merits of New Zealand than the quality of the home side.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant.

Chile, making its Confederations Cup debut after winning the 2015 Copa America, was determined to make a statement over African champion Cameroon. – New Zealand are now winless in 10 Confederations Cup games (D1 L9), failing to find the net in any of their last five games in the competition. As hosts of next year’s World Cup, the Russians are short of competitive action to sharpen them up, while Tuesday’s opponents Portugal are still in the midst of a qualifying campaign.