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Mexico fully deserved Portugal point, says Osorio

20 June 2017

But Hector Moreno levelled the scores to make it 2-2 with virtually the last touch of the match as the spoils were shared in the two sides' Confederations Cup opener.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo lamented his side's failure to close out victory over Mexico after conceding an injury-time equaliser in yesterday's 2-2 draw at the Confederations Cup.

The result handed the early initiative in Group A to hosts Russian Federation, who beat New Zealand 2-0 a day earlier.

"We want to look at it with tranquillity as we don't know if this point will be good or not until we play the remaining two group stage matches and we know if we qualify for the semi-finals".

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Play continued for about 10 seconds until the ball got to Nani and he scored from inside the area after a shot by Ronaldo hit the crossbar.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino was something of a surprise visitor behind the scenes at Kazan Arena on Sunday.

- Mexico's top goal scorer Javier Hernandez scored his side's opening goal of this year's Confederations Cup and is now just two goals away from his 50th in global football; four of Mexico's last five goals at the Confederations Cup have been scored by Hernandez. It was a litmus test for how far the team has come and whether the same weaknesses La Roja exposed would surface again against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.

Australia and World Cup winners Germany will meet tomorrow in their first Group B match.

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"If this is going to happen several times during a game, well it's not very pleasant for the players", Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said.

Argentine referee Nestor Pitana disallowed a goal by Portugal's Pepe in the 21st minute of the first half after consulting the video assistant referee, reported Efe. This was a showdown of two teams who have come to Russian Federation to win, not fine-tune preparations for the World Cup.

Given the above, it will not come as a surprise that the Mexican squad is stacked with world-class players. As hosts of next year's World Cup, the Russians are short of competitive action to sharpen them up, while Tuesday's opponents Portugal are still in the midst of a qualifying campaign. El Tri would find their last-gasp equalizer from the head of Hector Moreno to force Portugal to split points on the day.

"We wanted to win, of course, but we have to be satisfied with this result against the European champions", Chicharito said.

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Prior to that, Portugal had twice taken the lead in the contest.

Mexico fully deserved Portugal point, says Osorio