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Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russia

Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russia

Hector Moreno's injury time goal earned Mexico a 2-2 draw with Portugal in the Confederations Cup.

The 32-year-old Portugal worldwide is coming into the Confederations Cup in form and on a high having led Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double last season, but Mexico won't have a specific man-marker for Ronaldo. The Confederations Cup is considered a warm up for next summer's World Cup.

That appeared to be the winning goal for Portugal, but Mexico weren't done. "We faced the European champions, a team that plays at a very high level, and we played equal to them". "We know what type of player he is, but aside from him there are other quality players that we have to stop".

Coach Fernando Santos will want to see more from those around Ronaldo, who sparkled intermittently, especially on Portugal's opener. Mexico dominated possession, with 61 percent over the 90 minutes, but it was Portuguese who looked to have more punch. "We also set up [the Federation Internationale de Football Association video game] on another TV to play during halftime".

Mexico weren't safe yet as Portugal continued to press, Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes striking the ball back across the box, his effort dropping into the corner.

With the game looking like it may end deadlocked at 1-1 defender Cedric popped up in the box to fire home his first global goal via a deflection.




A regular of Portugal's youth teams, Silva began attracting headlines when he joined Porto's senior squad and played well from the start, finishing the season with 21 goals. Portugal thought they had taken the lead just after 20 minutes when Pepe had the ball in the net after pouncing on a Ronaldo volley that had hit the bar, but it was ruled out for offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

The former Manchester United forward capitalised on Carlos Salcedo misjudging a header just inside his own half to race into the penalty area and, given too much time to turn, the Portugal captain was able to easily pick out the unmarked Quaresma, who deceived Guillermo Ochoa with his first touch and slotted home with his second.

"I first of all thank the fans for voting for me, but it's not the result that we wanted". Sure, but to have three, and with the third not marking at the back post?

El Tri, winners of the tournament in 1999, were roused from their stupor and responded, with Hernandez aka Chicharito diving to head home Vela's cross three minutes from half-time, after Portugal had made a mess of a routine clearance.

Chile's star player Arturo Vidal fiercely argued with referee Damir Skomina when a goal scored in first-half stoppage time by Eduardo Vargas was overruled nearly one minute later.

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