Ronaldo thinking only of Confederations Cup, says Silva

Portugal's triumph at Euro 2016 secured them a place in Russian Federation, where they will be making their Confederations Cup debut against CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico in Group A before facing the hosts and New Zealand.

European champions Portugal were pegged back twice by North and Central American champions Mexico in a 2-2 draw in the second match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday at the Kazan Arena in Russian Federation.

"He is motivated, just like me", said the 21-year-old Silva at a news conference in Kazan ahead of Portugal's opening Confederations Cup match against Mexico on Sunday. The other teams are New Zealand, Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Mexico.

But a defeat would have raised questions about Juan Carlos Osorio's ability to get the most out of his players when Mexico goes up against a major power.

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"The draw is a fair result without doubt", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, whose side wore black armbands in honour of the victims of a deadly forest fire back home. "It was a fair result for how the teams played".

"It doesn't matter what your name is or the league you play in: we're all in this together and we're all fighting for the same objective". He scored the goal, which was largely down to Ronaldo, but his cool head made the chance exceptionally easy.

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The tournament includes two groups of four playing three-game round-robin group stage, with the top two from each group advancing to the semifinals and the victor meeting in the tournament final. A report by a Portuguese newspaper two days before Sunday's game said that the Madrid forward had made the "irreversible" decision to leave the Spanish club because he was upset with the allegations.

They wouldn't keep their lead into half-time though, Javier Hernandez drawing Mexico level just before the interval. Sure, but to have three, and with the third not marking at the back post?

The goal was eventually ruled out, after the referee consulted with the Video Assistant Referees, who deemed Pepe to have been offside.

Before the break, the Mexicans managed to restore parity - Chicharito came off the defender's head struck a cannon shot into the near corner.

The second half had little action until the final 10 minutes when, after goalkeeper Ochoa brilliantly saved Andre Silva's header, Soares' lung-bursting run into the penalty area saw him score with a huge deflection off Hector Herrera.

There were concerns that the match could be suspended after warnings from Federation Internationale de Football Association against homophobic chants by Mexican fans, but they were only heard a couple of times during the match and did not cause any disruption.

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