Moreno strikes late as Mexico hold Portugal

Moreno strikes late as Mexico hold Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo brushed off speculation about his Real Madrid future, although Portugal conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Mexico at the Confederations Cup on Sunday.
Ronaldo teed up Ricardo Quaresma to fire Portugal ahead in the first half in Kazan, but the goal was cancelled out before the break by Mexico striker Javier Hernandez's bullet header.

Cedric Soares restored Portugal's lead on 86 minutes, but Hector Moreno's stoppage-time header salvaged a point for Mexico in their Group A opener.

Ronaldo's superb volley looked to have helped Portugal take the lead, but the video assistant referee came to Mexico's rescue after Nani had put the ball in the net. When Ronaldo's volley thumped the crossbar, Nani pounced on the rebound, but the video ref spotted that four players were offside.

However, Portugal, and Ronaldo, were not to be denied.

The Euro 2016 winners took the lead on 34 minutes when Ronaldo sprinted into the box and his beautifully-timed pass found Quaresma unmarked in the area.

The Besiktas winger drew Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and tapped home the opening goal.
But Mexico responded with Hernandez testing Portugal keeper Rui Patricio, before putting his side level.

Mexico's all-time top scorer grabbed his 48th international goal from 93 appearances after some dreadful defending by Portugal.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro failed to deal with a cross into the box and Carlos Vela teed up Hernandez, who met the cross with a diving header.
After an explosive opening period, the second was a much tamer affair as both teams squandered half chances.

With time running out, Southampton right-back Cedric pounced on a loose ball and slammed home Portugal's second goal.

But in extra time, Mexican defender Moreno rose highest from the final corner of the game to head in the equaliser.

Germany take on Aus
World champions Germany will field an inexperienced line-up against Australia in their Confederations Cup opener on Monday fearing a robust challenge from the Socceroos.
With an average age of just 24 years, four months, and a combined total of 179 international appearances, Germany have the most youthful squad in the tournament.

Telecast: Germany vs Australia, Live on Sony Six, 8.30 pm.

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