Cristiano Ronaldo starts but Portugal held by Mexico in Confederations Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo starts but Portugal held by Mexico in Confederations Cup

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo insists there is no reason to be alarmed by their opening draw in the Confederations Cup.

Mexico’s chance appeared to have passed when Hernandez fluffed a chance from close range but Moreno rose to nod a free header home in the first minute of injury time to snatch a share of the spoils.

In his next game, Silva scored a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands, when Ronaldo added one goal in another 6-0 victory. It was a good result at 2-1 but that’s football.

“We are calm and we have to think about the next game”.

Portugal believed they had grabbed the lead in the 20th minute through Pepe only for the Video Assistant Referee to deem it to have been offside after a brief consultation with the man in the middle.

A giant screen reports a VAR incident is being reviewed during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

In the 42nd minute, after a missed clearance by Raphael Guerreiro, Carlos Vela calmly played a ball into the box where Chicharito Hernandez smashed a diving header into the back of the next. “We nearly had the game won but we suffered in the final minutes”.

Together, the young Silva and the veteran Ronaldo have scored 18 goals since they started playing alongside each other following the Euros past year.

Substitute Cedric Soares looked like being the European champions’ hero with his 86th-minute deflected shot, but Moreno’s header from a corner spoiled the Southampton defender’s celebration of his first worldwide goal to snatch a 2-2 draw for Mexico.

But with a fraction of his knee ahead of the play, by the rule of the law, Vargas was offside.

In Moscow, Russia, Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Group B opener as the video assistant referee played a prominent role.

Mexicans have the hump with the Real Madrid star as he was caught mouthing “they are very bad” to Pepe during Sunday’s Confederations Cup match.

“At the start we couldn’t enjoy good control of the ball but then we managed to balance things out and could have won it. The draw is a fair result without doubt”, said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, whose side wore black armbands in honour of the victims of a deadly forest fire back home.