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Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

Portugal are ranking No. 8 in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, while Mexico fell one spot in the most recent rankings to No. 17. We know we still have lots of opportunities, there are two games remaining and that's why we're calm. Now we need to think of the next game, which we have to win.

The result left European champion Portugal and Gold Cup victor Mexico trailing host Russian Federation in Group A. Russian Federation opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday. A video assistant should not be scrapped as an idea, far from it, but there's no way we should be reviewing every decision.

His 30-metre strike bounced off the bar and Nani hammered the ball home but the referees disallowed the effort for an offside infringement earlier in the move. "We were always more risky than them, both in our organised play and on the counter attack". "But we're a great side too, and I'm sure we can stop him", striker Raul Jimenez, a Portuguese league and cup double victor with Benfica, told FIFA.com.

After a cagey opening in front of over 34,000 fans in Kazan, the game sprang to life.

"We played against a team at a high level".

But while Mexico had control, Portugal had the better moments. "He is an idol, even for us players", admitted veteran defender Bruno Alves, the 35-year-old who has just signed for Scottish club Rangers. Hector Moreno headed in off the post from a corner to give Mexico an injury time equalizer, ensuring a share of the points. Portugal has many good players along with Ronaldo.

Former New York Red Bulls Head Coach Juan Carlos Osorio has enjoyed great success with Mexico in his two years in charge of the national team.

Of greater effect was the astute piece of vision later in the first half, which set up Ricardo Quaresma for a strike that counted, even if the speed and power that used to characterize Ronaldo initially failed him. Quaresma scores - Ronaldo bursts down the left after Salcedo fails to cut out a crossfield pass. Ronaldo loses the run of things as he brings the ball into the box, but turns out of trouble.

Mexico equalized less than 10 minutes later with a close-range diving header by Chicharito after Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro failed to clear a ball crossed into the area.

Dropping his shoulder to send goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to ground, Quaresma rounded the stopper and slotted the ball into an empty Mexico goal.

"[We showed] personality", captain Andres Guardado said afterwards when asked about the positives from the game.

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