Ronaldo & Portugal Frustrated By Mexico

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

Cristiano Ronaldo will put speculation over his club future firmly to one side as he leads European champions Portugal into their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico in Kazan on Sunday. "He is motivated, just like me", said the 21-year-old Silva at a news conference ahead of Portugal's opening Confederations Cup match against Mexico today.

Ronaldo was making the headlines on Friday, two days before Portugal's Confederations Cup debut in Russian Federation, because of a report that said he wants to leave Real Madrid and Spain following allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities.

The goals were scored by Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma (34th minute) and Cedric Soares (86th minute), and Mexico's Javier Hernandez (42nd minute) and Hector Moreno (90th minute).

Mexico, who drew 1-1 at home to the United States in World Cup qualifying last weekend, will look to Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela and Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez for inspiration. "We are all with Portugal", Infantino said.

Cristiano Ronaldo & Co did not win a single game in the group stages and their quarterfinal and semifinal matches were both decided on penalty shootouts. They scored in the last few minutes and now we think of the next game.

"It's not the result we wanted, we had the game nearly won", said Ronaldo, who was voted the man of the match.

Cedric's goal looked to have been the breakthrough Portugal needed, but Mexico did not cave in. The stock response has been that Portugal is much more than Ronaldo and that if Mexico diverts all its attention to trying to stop the Real Madrid forward, El Tri will be in trouble given the substantial talents Portugal possesses elsewhere. "Through that we will run less and defend less, so I think my teammates will be fired up to play a good game".

Widespread reports have claimed that the forward wants to leave Spain as a result of a perceived lack of support from Madrid in the wake of allegations of tax fraud.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos on the result: "We played a team that has very good, technical players".

Ronaldo's backheel then saw Quaresma fire narrowly wide but another defensive error allowed Mexico to draw level three minutes before the break.

The Portugal captain could not control the ball to shoot but his brilliant pass between three defenders left Quaresma free to round keeper Guillermo Ochoa and tap into the empty net.

Fernando Santos threw on the highly-rated Andre Silva a minute later, and he almost restored Portugal's lead in the 84th minute but Ochoa produced a super save to keep out the striker's header.

However, Mexico secured a point in stoppage time when defender Hector Moreno rose well to head home from close range.

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