Portugal vs Mexico 2017 Confederation Cup group stage match end in draw

Cedric Soares

Hector Moreno rescued a Confederations Cup point for Mexico with a stoppage-time header against Portugal.

The UEFA and CONCACAF winners went head-to-head at Kazan Arena, and Portugal were the brighter of the two sides in a first half that was open and attacking. The game was played in the Russian city of Kazan on Sunday. In previous years his 50-yard run might have taken him through on goal; this time the Mexico defence caught up but his composure in laying the ball off was a reminder of his enduring quality.

Mexico looked winded to have fallen behind after their early dominance and Quaresma nearly scored a second from a Ronaldo backheel, but Hernandez showcased his predatory instincts to head in Carlos Vela's cross to level.

"We have seen how video assistance has helped referees to make the correct decisions", Infantino said in a statement after watching Germany's 3-2 win over Australia on Monday in Sochi.

The respective world rankings, Mexico are 17th and the Kiwi side are 95th, also indicates Anthony Hudson's squad are faced with a stiff task.

Soares scored late with a right-foot shot from inside the area after Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera gave the ball away, and Moreno's equalizer came with a firm header from close range after a corner kick one minute into injury time.

On the 21st minute there was a historic event in the history of football - the main referee Nestor Supply canceled goal Pepe, after consultation with videoassistance.

Federation Internationale de Football Association is trialing the use of video assistants and wants them to be used at next year's World Cup in Russia. "But we have to be careful because I don't think people understand this new rule really well". Although El Tri will be the favorites against Russian Federation and New Zealand, one wouldn't have to go too far into the past to find disappointing results for the national team.

"We were at least as good as they were and they're the current European champion", said the Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored or assisted in each of his last seven games for Portugal. A few minutes later, Mexico had a chance to take the lead right before halftime, but Hernandez sailed the ball over the goal frame. And in what was an evenly contested affair, Fernando Santos's side were held to a 2-2 draw thanks to a late equaliser from Hector Moreno. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless. Ronaldo magnificent pass found Quaresma, who is nobody to prevent to score into an empty net.



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