Soccer Fans Eagerly Await Start of FIFA Confederations Cup 2017

March 28 2017 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the international friendly soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the dos Barreiros stadium in Funchal Madeira island Portugal. (AP

We have a great chance of winning the Confederations Cup because there are still two [group] games left.

His 30-metre strike bounced off the bar and Nani hammered the ball home but the referees disallowed the effort for an offside infringement earlier in the move.

The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup is about to go higher. We've prepared thoroughly and we just have to expect that the players play properly and execute the game plan.

For Mexico's coach Juan Carlos Osorio, he too does not have a lot of injuries to deal with but his captain and Mexico's most experienced player Rafael Marquez could miss the first match because of a back spasm.

Ronaldo had not been bad at all; he created one goal and was involved in another and also hit the bar in the first half.

Portugal may have thought they were starting their maiden Confederations Cup with a win but Moreno scored from a corner to deny them late on.

Cristiano Ronaldo fails to attend a post-match press conference following Portugal's 2-2 draw with Mexico, as questions continue to mount over his Real Madrid future.

Much of the pre-match talk has centred on Portugal star Ronaldo, whose preparations for the finals have been overshadowed by a legal complaint alleging tax fraud in Spain and a reported desire to quit Real Madrid.

The Gold Cup winners begin their Confederations Cup campaign against the European champions at Kazan Arena, looking to spring a first surprise of the tournament by claiming all three points.

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

"I think that, when football people enjoy the way we play, especially against a team like the one we faced, it's very positive", he said.

The potential availability of the Portugal global, one of the most marketable players in the world, would alert a number of top clubs plus big-spending Chinese Super League sides looking to make a statement.

Overall a point each was a fair result.

Here is everything you need to know about Portugal's match against Mexico. This summer marks the third time Germany have made the tournament, their most recent appearance came when they hosted in 2005.

However, the goal was ruled out less than a minute later as the referee used the Video Assistant Referee to check Pepe's positioning when the ball had been fed back into the box from Ronaldo's free-kick.

"Nothing is going to change", Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio said Saturday, a day before Portugal's Confederations Cup debut against Mexico in Kazan.

Ochoa made a great diving save in the 85th to keep young Portugal forward Andre Silva from scoring with a header.

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