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Cristiano Ronaldo starts but Portugal held by Mexico in Confederations Cup


Mexico will play Portugal on Sunday in Kazan, Russia, in their Confederations Cup opener.

Following their match against the current CONCACAF Gold Cup holders, Portugal are set to play hosts Russian Federation in Moscow on 21 June and New Zealand in Saint Petersburg on 24 June. He would nearly certainly secure the prize if he can help Portugal win the Confederations Cup, the main warm-up event for next year's World Cup.

"It is a little hard for the players", Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said.

Neither team could get a foothold on the game as it got underway once more, Portugal's next best chance before the hour mark being Pepe nodding wide from a good cross, only to see the offside flag raised anyway.

Both Confederation Cup games played on Sunday in Russian Federation left teams confused by decisions - reached more slowly than expected - by referees taking advice from assistants watching multiple replays. "We know what type of player he is, but aside from him there are other quality players that we have to stop". "The draw is a fair result without doubt", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, whose side wore black armbands in honour of the victims of a deadly forest fire back home.

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They wouldn't keep their lead into half-time though, Javier Hernandez drawing Mexico level just before the interval. We played without confidence, couldn't connect two or three passes. "In the end the result was fair as Mexico also played well". A report by a Portuguese newspaper two days before Sunday's game said that the Madrid forward had made the "irreversible" decision to leave the Spanish club because he was upset with the allegations.

As man of the match, Ronaldo should have joined the managers in addressing the media; instead he failed to appear.

However Portugal finally went in front in the 33rd minute when Ronaldo broke down the left and then squared the ball to Ricardo Quaresma, who rounded Ochoa and slotted the ball into an empty net. Poor defending, and a lovely goal. Vela simply lifted the ball into the box and Hernandez threw himself at the ball, and this time his header flew past Rui Patricio and into the bottom corner. "We want to show that we are able to win more tournaments". Sure, but to have three, and with the third not marking at the back post? Portugal had a goal disallowed in the first half after the referee consulted with the video assistant referee - and once more it provoked a storm of controversy.

The second half had little action until the final 10 minutes when, after goalkeeper Ochoa brilliantly saved Andre Silva's header, Soares' lung-bursting run into the penalty area saw him score with a huge deflection off Hector Herrera.

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