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Moreno strikes late as Mexico hold Portugal

Moreno strikes late as Mexico hold Portugal

"We are calm and thinking about the next game".

Portugal celebrated, but the game was then held up as the referee waited for the assistant to check the replay, before the goal was ruled out roughly 40 seconds later because Pepe had been adjudged to be offside. "We were always more risky than them, both in our organised play and on the counter attack".

Within 15 minutes Portugal had taken the lead, however, with Ronaldo, who has now scored or provided an assist in each of his last seven games for the national team, nearly inevitably at the heart of it.

The result leaves hosts Russian Federation top of Group A, following their 2-0 victory over New Zealand yesterday.

"I think we were superior, we created more chances and we leave the field frustrated", Cedric said.

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.

Pepe, left, had a goal against Mexico disallowed via VAR at the Confederations Cup.

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Mexico striker Javier Hernandez cancelled out Quaresma's opener shortly before halftime and the two goals in an exciting last six minutes ensured the teams shared the points.

Mexico fully deserved a share of the spoils against Portugal as a reward for taking the game to the European champions, according to El Tri head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. "In the end the result was fair as Mexico also played well".

He attracted headlines last week after being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of defrauding the country's tax authorities.

The former Manchester United forward capitalised on Carlos Salcedo misjudging a header just inside his own half to race into the penalty area and, given too much time to turn, the Portugal captain was able to easily pick out the unmarked Quaresma, who deceived Guillermo Ochoa with his first touch and slotted home with his second. Minutes after coming on, he almost scored a great headed goal but Ochoa came up with a terrific save.

Mexico equalized less than 10 minutes later with a close-range diving header by Chicharito after Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro failed to clear a ball crossed into the area.

Southampton defender Cedric Soares looked to have won it for Portugal as his shot towards goal looped off a defender and in for 2-1 in the 86th minute.


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