Confederations Cup - Group A
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Confederations Cup: Portugal 2-2 Mexico

Portugal v Mexico
On Friday, a source close to Cristiano Ronaldo revealed he wants to leave Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo set up the opening goal as his Portugal side were held to a draw by Mexico in their first game at the Confederations Cup in Russia.

Pepe had a goal disallowed for offside after a referral to the video assistant referees before Ricardo Quaresma sold the keeper a dummy and slotted in.

Javier Hernandez equalised with a low header from Carlos Vela's cross.

Cedric Soares' 86th-minute shot was deflected in, but Hector Moreno snatched a point in the 91st minute.

Mexico defender Moreno, who recently joined Italian side Roma from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, headed in off the post from a Jonathan dos Santos cross.

Earlier, Ronaldo had a header brilliantly tipped away by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa, while Gelson Martins - a target for Liverpool - fired just wide on the counter for Portugal.

On Friday, a source close to Ronaldo revealed the Real Madrid forward wants to leave Spain.

The source told BBC Sport that the 32-year-old is "upset" after being accused of tax fraud in the country, adding: "He feels he's honest, has good character and did everything OK."

Spanish prosecutors have accused Ronaldo of evading tax of 14.7 million euros (£13m), which he has denied.

Alexis Sanchez
Sanchez would have become Chile's all-time leading goalscorer had he beaten the defender on the line

Later on Sunday, Chile beat Cameroon 2-0 thanks to goals from Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal and Tigres forward Eduardo Vargas.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez came off the bench to cross for Vidal's 81st-minute header, with Vargas finishing in injury-time after Sanchez rounded the keeper but failed to beat a defender on the line.

Had Sanchez found the net, he would have become Chile's all-time leading goalscorer. He currently has 37 goals, level with former Lazio and Juventus striker Marcelo Salas, who retired in 2008.

Just before the break in Moscow, Vargas had a strike correctly ruled out for a very marginal offside following the use of video technology. His goal in the 91st minute was also referred to the video assistant referees - presumably to check on another possible offside - but it stood.

The other two teams in Group B - Australia and world champions Germany - play on Monday (16:00 BST).

Group A:

  • Russia, qualify as 2018 World Cup hosts
  • New Zealand, 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners
  • Portugal, Euro 2016 winners
  • Mexico, 2015 Concacaf Cup winners

Group B:

  • Cameroon, 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners
  • Chile, 2015 Copa America winners
  • Australia, 2015 Asian Cup winners
  • Germany, 2014 World Cup winners

Line-ups

Portugal

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 21Cédric Soares
  • 3Pepe
  • 6José Fonte
  • 5Jose Guerreiro
  • 20Ricardo QuaresmaSubstituted forAndré Silvaat 82'minutes
  • 8João MoutinhoSubstituted forAdrien Silvaat 58'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 15André GomesBooked at 90mins
  • 17Almeida da CunhaSubstituted forGelson Martinsat 58'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno Alves
  • 4Novo Neto
  • 9André Silva
  • 10Bernardo Silva
  • 11Nélson Semedo
  • 12Malheiro de Sá
  • 13Danilo
  • 16Afonso Fernandes
  • 18Gelson Martins
  • 19Eliseu
  • 22Beto
  • 23Adrien Silva

Mexico

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Ochoa
  • 3SalcedoSubstituted forAraújoat 67'minutes
  • 5Reyes
  • 15Moreno
  • 7Layún
  • 6J dos Santos
  • 16Herrera
  • 18GuardadoBooked at 73mins
  • 11VelaSubstituted forG dos Santosat 57'minutes
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forPeraltaat 79'minutes
  • 14Hernández

Substitutes

  • 1Cota
  • 2Araújo
  • 4Márquez
  • 8Fabián
  • 10G dos Santos
  • 12Talavera
  • 17Damm
  • 19Peralta
  • 20Aquino
  • 21Reyes
  • 22Lozano
  • 23Alanís
Referee:
Néstor Pitana
Attendance:
34,372

Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamMexico
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portugal 2, Mexico 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portugal 2, Mexico 2.

  3. Booking

    André Gomes (Portugal) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Portugal 2, Mexico 2. Héctor Moreno (Mexico) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan dos Santos with a cross following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Mexico. Conceded by William Carvalho.

  6. Post update

    Chicharito (Mexico) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by José Fonte (Portugal).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gelson Martins (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by André Silva following a fast break.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Portugal 2, Mexico 1. Cédric Soares (Portugal) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. André Silva (Portugal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by André Gomes with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Oribe Peralta (Mexico).

  12. Post update

    José Fonte (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Héctor Herrera (Mexico) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gelson Martins (Portugal).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. André Silva replaces Ricardo Quaresma.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Giovani dos Santos (Mexico) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Héctor Herrera.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Oribe Peralta (Mexico).

  19. Post update

    José Fonte (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Giovani dos Santos (Mexico) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 18th June 2017

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia11002023
2Mexico10102201
3Portugal10102201
4New Zealand100102-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chile11002023
2Australia00000000
3Germany00000000
4Cameroon100102-20
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