Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Mexico fully deserved Portugal point, says Osorio

Mexico fully deserved Portugal point, says Osorio

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo failed to inspire his side in the 2-2 Confederations Cup draw with Mexico.

The Gold Cup winners begin their Confederations Cup campaign against the European champions at Kazan Arena, looking to spring a first surprise of the tournament by claiming all three points.

Portugal will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for.

"It's not the result we wanted, we had the game nearly won", said Ronaldo, who was voted the man of the match.

"If this is going to happen several times during a game, well it's not very pleasant for the players", Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said.

Ronaldo was probably enjoying the distraction from swirling reports regarding his future that being on a football pitch offered, and he was responsible for the opening goal as he opened the Mexican defence up on the counter-attack.

Mexico's all-time leading scorer still had time before the end of the half to blaze over from a good position.

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"We were at least as good as they were and they're the current European champion", said the Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio. "But yes, their transitions are very unsafe, like any team that plays with that system".

Ronaldo was named the man of the match after setting up Quaresma's opener and playing a key part in Portugal's second, meaning he was in line to appear at a post-match media conference.

"The team continue to believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left". Quaresma scores - Ronaldo bursts down the left after Salcedo fails to cut out a crossfield pass. Ronaldo loses the run of things as he brings the ball into the box, but turns out of trouble.

Dropping his shoulder to send goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to ground, Quaresma rounded the stopper and slotted the ball into an empty Mexico goal.

Hit the crossbar in the first half in the build-up to Portugal's disallowed goal.

"I first of all thank the fans for voting for me, but it's not the result that we wanted".

Soares scored late with a right-foot shot from inside the area after Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera gave the ball away, and Moreno's equalizer came with a firm header from close range after a corner kick one minute into injury time. Santos has been attempting to phase in a new generation of players but it was a slight surprise to see newly signed AC Milan striker Andre Silva, who has made such a successful start to his global career, limited to a cameo off the bench, during which time he forced Guillermo Ochoa into a fine save.

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