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

Portugal goal against Mexico annulled after video review

Portugal goal against Mexico annulled after video review

Portugal had to settle for a 2-2 draw in their opening match of the 2017 Confederations Cup, after twice squandering a one goal lead against Mexico. "We were always more unsafe than them, both in our organised play and on the counter attack".

Mexico's all-time top scorer grabbed his 48th global goal from 93 appearances after some awful defending by Portugal. It was a good result at 2-1 but that's football.

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 know we didn't play well", he said.

Mexican fans were in fine voice in the Kazan Arena and Osorio was delighted with the welcome his players received. "It was a fair result for how the teams played".

Video replays were again consulted, but no change was made to the initial decision to award the goal.

Portugal goal against Mexico annulled after video review
Portugal goal against Mexico annulled after video review

Ronaldo was named the man of the match after setting up Quaresma's opener and playing a key part in Portugal's second, meaning he was in line to appear at a post-match media conference.

Ronaldo reportedly wants to leave Real after being accused by Spanish prosecutors of defrauding the authorities of €14.7 million (US$16.5 million, RM17.4 million) in tax through offshore companies. We have a great chance of winning the Confederations Cup because there are still two [group] games left. The team said that he couldn't go because he was receiving post-game treatment, although it said it wasn't anything serious.

Cameroon threatened at the other end with Ngadjui's well-angled header ruled out for offside.

Mexico equalised eight minutes later through a Javier Hernandez diving header after poor defending by the Portuguese.

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.

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