Mexico snatch late 2-2 draw against Portugal in Confed Cup

Jun 21, 2017, 06:46
Mexico snatch late 2-2 draw against Portugal in Confed Cup

The Confederations Cup is firmly under way in Russian Federation, with two of the pre-tournament favourites, Portugal and Chile, each in action on day two.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described VAR as "the future of modern football" following criticism of the technology during the Confederations Cup.

The match was preceded by an opening ceremony that featured pop star Sergey Lazarev alongside FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 mascot "Zabivaka".

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during their game against Mexico in the Fifa Confederations Cup match in Kazan, June 18, 2017.

"It was not the result we wanted", said the four-time Ballon d'Or victor.

Southampton defender Cedric Soares looked to have won it for Portugal as his shot towards goal looped off a defender and in for 2-1 in the 86th minute.

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Group B would begin with the same scoreline, as Copa America winners Chile saw off the challenge of African champions Cameroon at the Otkritie Arena in Moscow. We played without confidence, couldn't connect two or three passes.

However, the Arsenal winger's tournament could be in jeopardy as news has since circulated that he suffered a badly swollen ankle in Sunday night's game. Mexico has been sanctioned eight times over the same gay slurs by fans in the current World Cup qualifying campaign by global soccer's governing body.

"If we win we'll be close to qualifying so it's not the time to sound the alarm".

It was Russia's worst-ever defeat - a record which still stands - and the feeling of national humiliation soon led to younger players being given a chance.

Count Chile's Vidal among the current skeptics.

Portugal had an early effort controversially disallowed by the video referees but they eventually took the lead after 34 minutes through Ricardo Quaresma after a mistake by Carlos Salcedo let Cristiano Ronaldo through on goal.

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Then, just as it looked as though Chile were closing out the game for a narrow win, Sanchez found himself clear through on goal. "People are very sad in Portugal and the players are thinking of all those who are suffering from what's happened".

Video assistance was introduced for the first time in a Federation Internationale de Football Association competition at the Club World Cup in Japan last December and is being used in select competitions.

Ronaldo was named man of the match by tournament organisers, despite having a largely ineffectual second half in Kazan.

The 2018 World Cup warm-up event continues on Monday, as Germany face Australia in the last of the opening round of fixtures.

Portugal in all eight previous matches differed at least twice. He made a great run from near midfield to set up Quaresma's 34th-minute goal. We'll be building up to the action throughout the day before giving you a minute-by-minute account of the game as it unfolds.

"Of course belief is still there", said the 25-year-old, who plays for third-tier German side Unterhaching.

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