Friday, 20 October, 2017

Mexico Hold Portugal In Confederations Cup

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Damon Campbell | 19 June, 2017, 05:14

Hector Moreno snatched a stoppage-time equaliser as Mexico denied Portugal a late victory in their opening Confederations Cup match.

The FIFA Player of the Year, who had scored 11 goals in seven games coming into Sunday┬┤s encounter, was perhaps not as influential as usual but was still named man-of-the-match.

'We still believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left. But apart from that, we have to take positive things out of this game and think about the next game.

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Quaresma was on the scoresheet as the Euro 2016 winners were held to a 2-2 draw by Mexico in their Group A clash at Kazan Arena. "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.

"We played against a team at a high level". "Mexico was better, more aggressive".

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He attracted headlines last week after being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of defrauding the country's tax authorities. The team said that he couldn't go because he was receiving post-game treatment, although it said it wasn't anything serious.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro failed to deal with a cross into the box and Carlos Vela teed up Hernandez, who met the cross with a diving header.

"We wanted to win, of course, but we have to be satisfied with this result against the European champions", Chicharito said.

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.

Ronaldo was also involved in one of the game's biggest talking points, a "goal" that was disallowed after consultation with the Video Assistant Referees.

There were concerns that the match could be suspended after warnings from Federation Internationale de Football Association against homophobic chants by Mexican fans, but they were only heard a couple of times during the match and did not cause any disruption.

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