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Moreno's header saves Mexico on a mixed day for Ronaldo, Chicharito

19 June 2017

An absorbing Confederations Cup 2017 game at the Kazan Arena between Portugal and Mexico ended in a 2-2 draw with the CONCACAF title-holders scoring a dramatic injury-time equaliser to deny the European champions three points in their Group A game on Sunday night.

The second half started in a similarly cautious vein as the first, but came to life in the latter stages, with defender Cedric giving Portugal the lead on 86 minutes after Mexico failed to clear the danger in their box.

Hector Moreno's late header secured a 2-2 draw in Kazan on Saturday in the teams' opening Group A encounter at the Confederations Cup.

The result leaves both sides tied for second place in Group A, behind hosts Russian Federation who top the group after beating New Zealand 2-0 on Saturday in St. Petersburg.

Portugal's next game is on Wednesday at the Spartak Stadium against Russian Federation, while Mexico will face minnows New Zealand later on the same day at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's initial shot hit the crossbar then Pepe "scored" from the rebound in the 22nd minute.

With that, the result now gives both of the teams one point, a fair result.

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

Mexico head into Sunday's clash having drawn 1-1 with the U.S. in their latest World Cup qualifier, although prior to that they earned comfortable victories over Honduras in a qualifying game and Ireland in a friendly, winning 3-0 and 3-1 respectively.

On Friday, a source close to Ronaldo revealed the Real Madrid forward wants to leave Spain.

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Portugal regained the lead in the 86th minute through Cedric Soares' first senior global goal but Moreno's 91st minute header off the post ensured both nations shared the spoils. We believe we have a great opportunity.

"He is an example for us, the way he works, the way he plays", Patricio said. Portugal has many good players along with Ronaldo.

The assistants duly looked it over, and awarded what looked to be a correct offside decision against Portugal, disallowing the goal.

"There was a stoppage for [Cedric Soares'] other goal, too". Mexico midfielder Carlos Vela got to the ball near the far post and sent it to the middle of the area for Chicharito's goal. If he's able to shine and Guillermo Ochoa is able to deliver more masterclass efforts in net, the Mexican side can be unsafe.

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