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Portugal frustrated by late Mexican equaliser at Confederations Cup

19 June 2017

Portugal has beaten better teams than Mexico and El Tri's upcoming group games against New Zealand and Russian Federation are winnable.

Nani's 21st minute goal was disallowed by video assistants because a Portugal player was offside in the build up to the goal.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was satisfied with his team's performance and particularly the way they kept Portugal's star man Ronaldo quiet - even if he did somewhat strangely still win man of the match for his only two pieces of positive intervention: hitting the crossbar and providing the assist for Ricardo Quaresma's opening goal.

Mexico, who drew 1-1 at home to the United States in World Cup qualifying last weekend, will look to Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela and Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez for inspiration.

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo insists there is no reason to be alarmed by their opening draw in the Confederations Cup. The Russians top Group A after beating the All Whites 2-0 on Saturday. First, Portugal will take on group leaders Russian Federation in Moscow.

Quaresma had a golden chance to double his tally six minutes later when Ronaldo set him up with a brilliant back-hell but his finish was just wide of the Mexico goal, much to the relief of Ochoa and co.

"I think that, when football people enjoy the way we play, especially against a team like the one we faced, it's very positive", he said.

Manager Fernando Santos has selected a strong squad, blending mainstays of the team such as Real Madrid megastar Ronaldo with exciting young talent like Bernardo Silva, who recently made a $55 million move from French side Monaco to Manchester City. Portugal were all over the Mexicans in the second half, although persistence paid off after Hector Moreno's 90th minute equalizer. "But we are not anxious, there are two games left, we still have chances".

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Dropping his shoulder to send goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to ground, Quaresma rounded the stopper and slotted the ball into an empty Mexico goal.

"It wasn't the result that we wanted", he said.

One "clear error" might be overturned every four or five games, Federation Internationale de Football Association head of refereeing Massimo Busacca suggested previous year.

Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas fired Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon, but the game was once again dominated by the video assistant system which is being trialed at the Confederations Cup.

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Mexico weren't down and out though, demonstrating their incredible team spirit to storm back with a stoppage time equaliser, ensuring the two teams took a point each.