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Frustration for Ronaldo as Portugal held

Portugal v Mexico

Cristiano Ronaldo set up the opening goal as his Portugal side were held to a draw by Mexico in their first game at the Confederations Cup in Russia.

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.

Javier Hernandez equalised with a low header from Carlos Vela’s cross.

Cedric Soares’ 86th-minute shot was deflected in, but Hector Moreno snatched a point in the 91st minute.

Mexico defender Moreno, who recently joined Italian side Roma from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, headed in off the post from a Jonathan dos Santos cross.

Earlier, Ronaldo had a header brilliantly tipped away by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa, while Gelson Martins – a target for Liverpool – fired just wide on the counter for Portugal.

On Friday, a source close to Ronaldo revealed the Real Madrid forward wants to leave Spain.

The source told BBC Sport that the 32-year-old is “upset” after being accused of tax fraud in the country, adding: “He feels he’s honest, has good character and did everything OK.”

Spanish prosecutors have accused Ronaldo of evading tax of 14.7 million euros (£13m), which he has denied.

On Saturday, hosts Russia beat New Zealand 2-0 in the other Group A fixture after Fifa president Gianni Infantino opened the tournament with a speech inside the St Petersburg Stadium, where Russian president Vladimir Putin and legendary Brazil footballer Pele were also in attendance.

Group B consists of Cameroon, Chile, Australia and world champions Germany.

Group A:

  • Russia, qualify as 2018 World Cup hosts
  • New Zealand, 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners
  • Portugal, Euro 2016 winners
  • Mexico, 2015 Concacaf Cup winners

Group B:

  • Cameroon, 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners
  • Chile, 2015 Copa America winners
  • Australia, 2015 Asian Cup winners
  • Germany, 2014 World Cup winners

Line-ups

Portugal

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 21Soares
  • 3Pepe
  • 6Fonte
  • 5Guerreiro
  • 20QuaresmaSubstituted forValente Silvaat 82′minutes
  • 8João MoutinhoSubstituted forAdrien Silvaat 58′minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 14Carvalho
  • 15André GomesBooked at 90mins
  • 17NaniSubstituted forBatalha Martinsat 58′minutes
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno Alves
  • 4Novo Neto
  • 9Valente Silva
  • 10Bernardo Silva
  • 11Cabral Semedo
  • 12Malheiro de Sá
  • 13Danilo
  • 16Afonso Fernandes
  • 18Batalha Martins
  • 19Eliseu
  • 22Beto
  • 23Adrien Silva

Mexico

  • 13Ochoa
  • 3SalcedoSubstituted forAraújoat 67′minutes
  • 5Reyes
  • 15Moreno
  • 7Layún
  • 6dos Santos
  • 16Herrera
  • 18GuardadoBooked at 73mins
  • 11VelaSubstituted fordos Santosat 57′minutes
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forPeraltaat 79′minutes
  • 14Hernández

Substitutes

  • 1Cota
  • 2Araújo
  • 4Márquez
  • 8Fabián
  • 10dos Santos
  • 12Talavera
  • 17Damm
  • 19Peralta
  • 20Aquino
  • 21Reyes
  • 22Lozano
  • 23Alanís
Referee:
Néstor Pitana
Attendance:
34,372

Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamMexico
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Portugal 2, Mexico 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portugal 2, Mexico 2.

Booking

André Gomes (Portugal) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Portugal 2, Mexico 2. Héctor Moreno (Mexico) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan dos Santos with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Mexico. Conceded by William Carvalho.

Chicharito (Mexico) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by José Fonte (Portugal).

Attempt missed. Gelson Martins (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by André Silva following a fast break.

Goal!

Goal! Portugal 2, Mexico 1. Cédric Soares (Portugal) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. André Silva (Portugal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by André Gomes with a cross.

Foul by Oribe Peralta (Mexico).

José Fonte (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Héctor Herrera (Mexico) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gelson Martins (Portugal).

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. André Silva replaces Ricardo Quaresma.

Attempt missed. Giovani dos Santos (Mexico) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Héctor Herrera.

Attempt saved. Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Foul by Oribe Peralta (Mexico).

José Fonte (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Giovani dos Santos (Mexico) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal).

Substitution

Substitution, Mexico. Oribe Peralta replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Jonathan dos Santos (Mexico) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by André Gomes (Portugal).

Attempt blocked. Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gelson Martins.

Booking

Andrés Guardado (Mexico) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andrés Guardado (Mexico).

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Chicharito (Mexico).

Adrien Silva (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Miguel Layún (Mexico) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Adrien Silva (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Giovani dos Santos (Mexico) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adrien Silva (Portugal).

Andrés Guardado (Mexico) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adrien Silva (Portugal).

Substitution

Substitution, Mexico. Néstor Araújo replaces Carlos Salcedo.

Héctor Moreno (Mexico) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal).

Offside, Portugal. Raphael Guerreiro tries a through ball, but Pepe is caught offside.

goal

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