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Confederations Cup gives Cristiano Ronaldo another chance at glory

19 June 2017

But Mexican players are not letting Ronaldo's iconic status dominate their strategy.

Ricardo Quaresma opened the scoring for Portugal in the 34th minute on a magical assist from Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Portugal will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunday, June 1. "The Portuguese people love football and, after seeing the team prevail in Europe previous year, they are waiting for the next great achievement".

"I don't think we'll see a match with more defending than attacking". We played without confidence, couldn't connect two or three passes.

Last year's triumph at Euro 2016, when Portugal defeated France in the final to emerge as European champions for the first time, ended Ronaldo's lengthy wait for worldwide glory. However, one veteran team is drawing special attention - Mexico is playing against Portugal on Sunday's much-anticipated game.

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Portugal won 1-0 in a friendly in their previous meeting in June 2014, while Mexico's Rafael Marquez is a survivor from his team's 2-1 loss to Portugal in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

"I would like to say something on behalf of my players".

"We have trained focusing on Portugal, not Cristiano Ronaldo, and the team is in good shape".

The 32-year-old Real Madrid superstar's build-up to the tournament in Russian Federation has been overshadowed after he was this week accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding the authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.5m) in tax through offshore companies.

"We played the European champions on equal terms, we generated chances but couldn't finish them", said Osorio.

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The Portuguese sports daily A Bola published a front-page story Friday saying that Ronaldo was upset with the accusations made against him and that his decision was "irreversible".

He skipped the post-match press conference which he was supposed to attend as the man of the match.

Ronaldo made a great run from near midfield to set up Quaresma's 34th-minute goal.

But Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez equalised just eight minutes later with a header from the edge of the six-yard box.

Portugal celebrated, but the game was then held up as the referee waited for the assistant to check the replay, before the goal was ruled out roughly 40 seconds later because Pepe had been adjudged to be offside.

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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.