The 2017 Confederations Cup will have already seen one match played entering Sunday, June 18.
Portugal had a goal ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee prior to Quaresma’s opener and match official Nestor Pitana also felt the need to refer Soares’ effort for a second opinion.
With a few minutes remaining, Cedric blasted a shot from a tight angle that squeezed past the ‘keeper, but Moreno’s late header rescued a point with only a minute remaining.
Portugal seemed destined to claim the Group A points, but Mexico rallied again and equalized in added time when Hector Moreno rose highest to head in a corner. The FIFA Confederations Cup serves are a curtain raiser to the FIFA Wold Cup to be hosted by Russian Federation in 2018.The Confederations Cup sees top sides from every continent square off in an eight-team tournament.
Hector Moreno’s stoppage time header for Mexico ensured the points were shared with Portugal.
42′ – GOAL! Portugal 1-1 Mexico. “It’s good that we get to play it right now, in our first game”.
Portugal, meanwhile, kept up their unbeaten run against the Mexicans and took their record to two wins and two defeats in the four matches contested from their first meeting in 1969.
With no communication to players or fans why referrals were being made there was a slight sense of uncertainty and confusion and, while Santos accepted that was to be expected with new technology, he found it frustrating. Juan Carlos Osorio also has a plethora of talent on his squad with players like Diego Reyes, Marco Fabian, Andres Guardado, Carlos Vela and “Chicharito” Hernandez.
In the final 10 minutes, Cedric gave the European champions a late 2-1 lead after his shot deflected into the back of the net.
The overall result will be a positive one for Mexico as they showed a gull to battle back from being down a goal twice to tie that match both times.
“We played a team that has very good, technical players”, said Portugsl coach Fernando Santos.
Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at the Rubin Training Ground in Kazan. A report by a Portuguese newspaper two days before Sunday’s game said that the Madrid forward had made the “irreversible” decision to leave the Spanish club because he was upset with the allegations.
“Nothing is going to change”, Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio said Saturday, a day before Portugal’s Confederations Cup debut against Mexico in Kazan.