Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup

Mexico's Javier Hernandez, second from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, .

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 first goal of the after noon came from Portugal's Quaresma with the assist by Ronaldo in the 34th minute.

Portugal looked set for a late win when Cedric Soares scored with a deflected shot in the 86th minute, but Hector Moreno equalized for Mexico with a header in stoppage time.

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.

After Sunday's game, Portugal will face hosts Russian Federation in Moscow on Wednesday, while Mexico meet New Zealand in Sochi on the same day.

Mexico's defense was only anxious about Ronaldo there, and that was a mistake.

When Ronaldo's volley thumped the crossbar, Nani pounced on the rebound, but the video ref spotted that four players were offside.

As ever though, much of the focus will be on Ronaldo - Portugal's record scorer on 73 goals - and who will perhaps face even more scrutiny given the recent tax scandal that has arisen in Spain, and that has led to rumors he is seeking a move away from the Bernabeu.

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

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.



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