Ronaldo's Portugal held by Mexico at Confederations Cup

19 June, 2017, 00:16 | Author: Felix Jensen
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Fellow Confederations Cup Group A teams Russian Federation and New Zealand opened the tournament in St. Petersburg on Saturday, with the hosts running out comfortable 2-0 winners. The Confederations Cup is considered a warm up for next summer's World Cup.

Argentine referee Nestor Pitana disallowed a goal by Portugals Pepe in the 21st minute of the first half after consulting the video assistant referee.

Portugal looked to have won when Cedric fired home a deflected shot but Moreno headed home a corner in added time to give Mexico a share of the points.

On Friday, reports emerged that Ronaldo had made an "irreversible" decision to leave Madrid and no longer play in Spain as a result of the treatment he has received.

According to Spanish paper Marca on Sunday, Real Madrid's coach Zinedine Zidane even broke off his holiday to call Ronaldo to try to persuade his star not to quit the club.

Russian Federation are next up for Portugal in Moscow's Spartak Stadium on Wednesday, while Mexico face New Zealand in Sochi on the same day.

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Quaresma had a golden chance to double his tally six minutes later when Ronaldo set him up with a brilliant back-hell but his finish was just wide of the Mexico goal, much to the relief of Ochoa and co.

However, Portugal, and Ronaldo, were not to be denied.

Ronaldo carried the ball into the area but was surrounded by three defenders and he passed it to Quaresma, who was free from markers on the far side of the box.

The Besiktas winger drew Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and tapped home the opening goal.

Once the match got underway, Mexico dominated possession without really troubling Portugal keeper Rui Patricio.

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

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