The late drama took much of the focus away from Cristiano Ronaldo who, apart from the assist for Ricardo Quaresma’s opener, failed to inspire his team.
On Friday, a source close to Ronaldo revealed the Real Madrid forward wants to leave Spain.
An entertaining contest at the Kazan Arena was first ignited when Cristiano Ronaldo fired a shot onto Mexico’s crossbar in the early stages of the match.
Argentine referee Nestor Pitana disallowed a goal by Portugal’s Pepe in the 21st minute of the first half after consulting the video assistant referee, reported Efe.
Cedric saved well from Cedric and tipped a deflection from defender Carlos Salcedo over the bar before Portugal finally took a deserved lead. Minutes after coming on, he almost scored a great headed goal but Ochoa came up with a terrific save.
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.
“When Cristiano was able to run, that put Mexico on alert and we should have done that more often”, Santos said after the game in his only reference to Portugal’s talisman.
The Indomitable Lions, who reached the final in 2003, surprised everyone by winning the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon at the turn of the year, while Chile won back-to-back Copa America crowns in the last two years and are spearheaded by Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.
“We are calm and we have to think about the next game”.
“We wanted to win, of course, but we have to be satisfied with this result against the European champions”, Chicharito said.
“We do not have to sound the alarm”.
“We were at least as good as they were and they’re the current European champion”, said the Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio.
With Ronaldo in tow, Portugal is undoubtedly one of the favorites in this match.
For all time between the national teams of Portugal and Mexico were played 2 matches. At the beginning we couldn’t enjoy good control of the ball but then we managed to balance things out and could have won it in the end.
As Bleacher Report noted, the match could be something of an uphill climb for El Tri as they face one of the best-playing teams in the world right now.
Video assistant referees are in action at the Confederations Cup, and they instantly chalked off Gomes’s goal.
Mexico is in fine shape heading into the tournament attack-minded, possession-based style of football.
‘It’s the new rule.