Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

Portugal-Mexico highlights: Ronaldo's brilliance sets opening goal in Confederations Cup

Portugal vs Mexico will take place at the Kazan Arena Portugal vs Mexico will take place at the Kazan Arena
Damon Campbell | 19 June, 2017, 05:05

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Portugal had a first-half goal against Mexico chalked off in the Confederations Cup after the action was reviewed on video.

Mexico's Javier Hernandez heads the ball during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

"It was not the result we wanted, the team had the game nearly won and we conceded a goal in the last minutes, but that's football", said Ronaldo.

However, one veteran team is drawing special attention - Mexico is playing against Portugal on Sunday's much-anticipated game. "We are calm and thinking about the next game". I'm not running away from that, and I see myself lifting the trophy with my teammates, but there is a long road ahead, and we'll go from game to game. "Every game is a reason for us to get together and cheer for our Mexico lindo y querido!"

Host Russia, ranked 63rd in the world, opens Group A play on Saturday against New Zealand in St. Petersburg. There was later some doubt - and general confusion - over Soares' goal, which ultimately stood.

"We played a team that has very good, technical players", said Portugsl coach Fernando Santos.

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. It was a good result at 2-1 but that's football.

"My conscience is quite clear", Ronaldo said Wednesday as he walked from a Portugal team bus into Lisbon airport on his way to Russian Federation.

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"It doesn't matter what your name is or the league you play in: we're all in this together and we're all fighting for the same objective". Mexico dominated possession, with 61 percent over the 90 minutes, but it was Portuguese who looked to have more punch.

Ronaldo played well and made the first goal but did not score.

Prosecutors lodged a complaint at a Spanish court this month in which Ronaldo is accused of defrauding the Spanish treasury of €14.7million in tax owed on image rights.

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

The Euro 2016 winners took the lead on 34 minutes when Ronaldo sprinted into the box and his beautifully-timed pass found Quaresma unmarked in the area. Guillermo Ochoa had raced off his line to close the angle but Quaresma's cool first-touch took him past the keeper and he promptly put the ball into an empty net. Hernandez scores - A bad error from Raphael gives Vela the ball on the right-hand side, in the box. "We want to show that we are able to win more tournaments".

Raphael Guerreiro missed a cross at the far post which gave Carlos Vela the chance to hook the ball back across for Hernandez to power home a diving header.

"Ronaldo is motivated", young Portugal forward Andre Silva said Friday.

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