Euro champs & Gold Cup kings set for Confed Cup clash in Kazan

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo inspects the grass during a training session at the Arena in Kazan Russia on Saturday

European champions Portugal were pegged back twice by North and Central American champions Mexico in a 2-2 draw in the second match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday at the Kazan Arena in Russian Federation.

Selecao had the ball in the back of the net after 20 minutes through Pepe, but the Video Assistant Referee deemed the goal offside just moments before Ronaldo had struck the crossbar.

Their advantage would last just eight minutes, as Mexico's record goalscorer Javier Hernandez met a right wing cross with a diving header to pull his team level on the verge of half-time.

Portugal are making their first appearance at the Confederations Cup as Euro 2016 winners, and open up their tournament against Mexico on Sunday evening in Kazan.

Host Russia top the group with three points after defeating New Zealand 2-0 in the opening match on Saturday.

Along with Portugal and Mexico, Pool A includes Russian Federation and New Zealand.

"He is concentrating on playing for the national team and he wants to give the motivation to have a good tournament".

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

Predictions: An exciting game with loads of goals to end in a 3-2 win for Portugal.

A late Hector Moreno header salvaged a 2-2 tie for Mexico as El Tri twice came from behind to in each team's Group A opener.

In the first half, a Portugal goal was ruled out for offside but it was only when the replays were shown that we saw that there was no infringement for the goal itself, but rather when the initial free kick was taken 15 minutes prior.

Cristiano Ronaldo is not letting accusations of tax fraud and fresh transfer speculation get to him, according to Portugal team-mate Andre Silva.

European champions Portugal, captained by the relentless Cristiano Ronaldo, will look to build on their success in France last summer and prove that they are also contenders for the Tournament of Champions and next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"He is an example for us, the way he works, the way he plays", Patricio said.

A regular of Portugal's youth teams, Silva began attracting headlines when he joined Porto's senior squad and played well from the start, finishing the season with 21 goals.

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