“It’s not the result we wanted, we had the game nearly won”, said Ronaldo, who was voted the man of the match.
Video review is on trial in Russian Federation and Infantino hopes it can be fast-tracked for approval at the 2018 World Cup to help referees overturn “clear errors” in game-changing situations such as penalty kicks awarded and offside rulings affecting goals.
“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.
Ronaldo added: “We are calm and we have to think about the next game”. “We were always more unsafe than them, both in our organised play and on the counter attack”.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos said it was not the performance he expected from his team. “It was a fair result for how the teams played”.
Although Mexico had more possession, Ochoa was the busier of the two goalkeepers.
The referee held up the game for the assistant to check the replay, before the goal was cancelled 40 seconds later, as Pepe had been adjudged to be offside.
Ronaldo played well and made the first goal but did not score.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was satisfied with his team’s performance and particularly the way they kept Ronaldo quiet – even if he did somewhat strangely still win the Man-of-the-Match award for his only two pieces of positive intervention: hitting the crossbar and providing the assist for Ricardo Quaresma’s opening goal.
The Portugal skipper could not control the ball to shoot but his brilliant pass between three defenders left Quaresma free to round keeper Guillermo Ochoa and tap into the empty net.
Mexico equalized eight minutes later through a Javier Javier Hernandez diving header after poor defending by the Portuguese. Mexico midfielder Carlos Vela got to the ball near the far post and sent it to the middle of the area for Chicharito’s goal.
“If we win we’ll be close to qualifying so it’s not the time to sound the alarm”.
With four minutes of normal time left to go in Russian Federation, and the score at 1-1, Southampton defender Cedric Soares scored what looked to be the victor for the European champions.
Ronaldo was also involved in one of the game’s biggest talking points, a “goal” that was disallowed after consultation with the Video Assistant Referees.