Confederations Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal held 2-2 by Mexico – Mid-Day

By on June 19, 2017

Mexican players are ecstatic following their injury-time equaliser vs Portugal during the Confederations Cup tie yesterday. Pic/Getty ImagesMexican players are ecstatic following their injury-time equaliser vs Portugal during the Confederations Cup tie yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo brushed off speculation about his Real Madrid future, although Portugal conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Mexico at the Confederations Cup yesterday.

Ronaldo teed up Ricardo Quaresma to fire Portugal ahead in the first half in Kazan, but the goal was cancelled out before the break by Mexico striker Javier Hernandez’s bullet header. Cedric Soares restored Portugal’s lead on 86 minutes, but Hector Moreno’s stoppage-time header salvaged a point for Mexico in their Group A opener. Ronaldo was at his best in an action-packed first half in his team’s opening match, with hosts Russia and New Zealand still to come in the group.

Unlucky Portugal
Ronaldo’s superb volley looked to have helped Portugal take the lead, but the video assistant referee came to Mexico’s rescue after Nani had put the ball in the net. When Ronaldo’s volley thumped the crossbar, Nani pounced on the rebound, but the video ref spotted that four players were offside. However, Portugal, and Ronaldo, were not to be denied.

The Euro 2016 winners took the lead on 34 minutes when Ronaldo sprinted into the box and his beautifully-timed pass found Quaresma unmarked in the area. The Besiktas winger drew Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and tapped home the opening goal. But Mexico responded with Hernandez testing Portugal keeper Rui Patricio, before putting his side level.

Mexico’s all-time top scorer grabbed his 48th international goal from 93 appearances after some dreadful defending by Portugal. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro failed to deal with a cross into the box and Carlos Vela teed up Hernandez, who met the cross with a diving header.

Swinging fortunes
With time running out, right-back Cedric pounced on a loose ball and slammed home Portugal’s second goal. But with the 90 minutes up, Mexican defender Moreno rose highest from the final corner of the game to head in the equaliser.

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