Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star reacts to Portugal draw in Confederations Cup

Mexico's Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Confederations Cup Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico at the Kazan Arena Russia Sunday

Cristiano Ronaldo was kept out of the media spotlight in the wake of Portugal's 2-2 Confederations Cup draw on Saturday.

Striker Javier Hernandez levelled for Mexico shortly before half-time, and although right-back Cedric Soares looked to have earned Portugal victory four minutes from time, Hector Moreno's late header denied Portugal the win in their first match in Group A.

Former Manchester United front man Hernandez netted his 47th worldwide goal with a stooping header.

Russian Federation got what it wanted in the opening game, but on Sunday the football took the back seat as confusion reigned over VAR decisions in the Portugal-Mexico and Chile-Cameroon matches.

Ronaldo obliged after Carlos Salcedo made an error to allow him in on goal before finding Quaresma in acres of space who collected the ball calmly before waltzing past Guillermo Ochoa to score the opener. "Mexico was better, more aggressive".

'We still believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left.

"It wasn't the result that we wanted", said Ronaldo. "Cristiano is totally focused in helping our team". They were second-best on the ball here, although they enjoyed the bulk of the chances and, on the balance of the second half, possibly deserved to win the game.

After pulling out a draw against the Portuguese, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said, "We were at least as good as they were and they're the current European champion". "But we have to be careful because I don't think people understand this new rule really well".

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.

"He is an example for us, the way he works, the way he plays", Patricio said. His impact on the match was much more than just netting the opening goal as he once again established himself as an instrumental figure for Fernando Santos' side that stands at 3/1 betting odds to win the Confederations Cup despite the opening draw.

The quality of El Tri's players would also have been debated.

The player who stole the show, though, was the scorer of the first goal of the match - Ricardo Quaresma.

Video review is on trial in Russian Federation and Infantino hopes it can be fast-tracked for approval at the 2018 World Cup to help referees overturn "clear errors" in game-changing situations such as penalty kicks awarded and offside rulings affecting goals.



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