Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

Title contenders Portugal and Mexico fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, with each team scoring in the last five minutes.

Mexico will now turn their attention to New Zealand for their match on Wednesday in Sochi. Despite the fact that the final whistle did not reveal the victor, having recorded in the asset of both teams on 1 point, Mexico still remains the leader of the group, reducing the gap from the nearest pursuer to 3 points. Mexico dominated possession, with 61 percent over the 90 minutes, but it was Portuguese who looked to have more punch.

Ronaldo had not been bad at all; he created one goal and was involved in another and also hit the bar in the first half. 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.

For Mexico's coach Juan Carlos Osorio, he too does not have a lot of injuries to deal with but his captain and Mexico's most experienced player Rafael Marquez could miss the first match because of a back spasm. The team from CONCACAF had enjoyed nearly 70 percent of possession against the European champions, but hadn't threatened the goal. I think it was a very good result for Mexico'.

After seeing a goal ruled out in the first half after a referral to the video assistants, which caused confusion on the pitch, Vargas' 91st-minute strike was again handled by video technology, although it was to overturn a wrong call from the assistant match official.

Mexico's last competitive loss came nine games and exactly one year ago when Chile hammered them 7-0 in the Centenary Copa America.

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After a cagey opening in front of over 34,000 fans in Kazan, the game sprang to life.

The FIFA Confederations Cup serves are a curtain raiser to the FIFA Wold Cup to be hosted by Russian Federation in 2018.The Confederations Cup sees top sides from every continent square off in an eight-team tournament.

This was a match either could have won, but Mexico will be more pleased with the result than Portugal will be.

It isn't like Santos doesn't have options. The likes of Bernardo Silva and Andre Silva, who were recently bought for huge transfer fees, will be hoping to justify the move. Or go into the referee's ear and say "Hold on, there was a problem three phases back, that we need to have a look at", that to me was very odd.

Hernandez started in an unfamiliar role.