Mexico force Cristiano Ronaldo captained Portugal to epic draw

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Confederations Cup Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico at the Kazan Arena Russia Sunday

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Confederations Cup Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico at the Kazan Arena Russia Sunday

Ronaldo practiced normally with the rest of the team in the final training session before Sunday's game, smiling and joking with his teammates.

The referee made use of the new Video Assistant Referee technology in the first half, as a Portugal goal was disallowed.

Former Manchester United striker, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez however equalised for Mexico in the 42nd minute with a diving header.

Portugal thought they had snatched victory in the closing stages of the match, as Cedric Soares' deflected effort found the corner of Mexico's net with four minutes of normal time remaining.

But Hector Moreno's late header denied Portugal the win in their first match in Group A.

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Fellow Confederations Cup Group A teams Russian Federation and New Zealand opened the tournament in St. Petersburg on Saturday, with the hosts running out comfortable 2-0 winners. It ended; Portugal 2-2 Mexico.

"I think we were superior, we created more chances and we leave the field frustrated", Cedric said. Portugal will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for.

Obviously the Portugal side has the best player in the entire tournament with the ineffable Cristiano Ronaldo.

In a press conference dominated by questions on Ronaldo, Santos eventually refused to discuss the subject further but defended his player's character. Gelson Martins and Andre Silva made big positive impacts off the bench, while Juan Carlos Osorio's decisions to take off Vela and switch to a back three put Portugal well in control of the match.

The veteran forward was one of the standout performers in Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph a year ago, and he seems to have continued his form for the Seleccao in the Confederations Cup as well.

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The overall result will be a positive one for Mexico as they showed a gull to battle back from being down a goal twice to tie that match both times.

The FIFA Confederations Cup is viewed by experts as a rehearsal for the organizers, with only one year to go to the FIFA World Cup.

"Nothing is going to change", Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio said Saturday, a day before Portugal's Confederations Cup debut against Mexico in Kazan. Portugal will play Mexico in the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunda.

Within 15 minutes Portugal had taken the lead, however, with Ronaldo, who has now scored or provided an assist in each of his last seven games for the national team, nearly inevitably at the heart of it.

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