Mexico Snatches Late 2-2 Draw against Portugal in FIFA Confederations Cup

When Hector Moreno headed in a stoppage time equalizer to make it 2-2 against Portugal in his team's opening Group A match of the Confederations Cup, the goal felt like a release.

Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation as Portugal prepare for their opening match against Mexico, is said to be "outraged" after prosecutors accused the 32-year-old Real Madrid forward of defrauding the authorities of €14.8m (£12.9m).

Cristiano Ronaldo and "Chicharito" Javier Hernandez were the stars of the first half, but the second half's two goals were scored by a pair of defenders. Although Mexico still has games left against Russian Federation and New Zealand, the path to a spot in the knockout round has now become much easier after earning Sunday's result. But singling him out simply brought him into focus - where none more was really needed - and cast into fresh light the question that had hung over the build-up to one of the Confederations Cup's more appealing fixtures: Is Ronaldo really about to leave Real Madrid?

In a game not always bursting at the seams with quality, there was plenty of entertainment value. Salcedo almost scored on his own net and was mostly at fault for Portugal's first goal of the draw. "But we're a great side too, and I'm sure we can stop him", striker Raul Jimenez, a Portuguese league and cup double victor with Benfica, told FIFA.com.

Mexico's squad has three players who have close connections to Portugal. And the fact the game came one year to the day since that 7-0 defeat to Chile in the Copa America Centenario made the draw with Portugal a gauge of where Mexico have improved.

"You saw the way we played, [it was] very fearless", said Javier Hernandez. "Even if it is the right decision, this has an impact on players' emotions and feelings".

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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.

The Confederations Cup is the main warm-up event for the 2018 World Cup. They were second-best on the ball here, although they enjoyed the bulk of the chances and, on the balance of the second half, possibly deserved to win the game. You could see that in the Mexican team's celebration and hear it from players' mouths as they exited Kazan Arena.

Count Vidal among the current skeptics.

The uncertainty lasted far beyond the six-second target Federation Internationale de Football Association had set past year for officials to review their opinions. With this draw, Portugal and Mexico are in second and third place, respectively, in Group A with one point each.

More confusion was caused when Argentine referee Nestor Pitana called a review for unclear reasons after defender Cedric Soares's deflected shot in the 86th gave Portugal a 2-1 lead.

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