Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal shouldn't panic after Mexico draw
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 5:57
The 32-year-old Real Madrid striker, who is in Russian Federation as Portugal prepare for their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico, is said to be "outraged" after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of 14.7million euros (£12.8million).
After seeing Russian Federation defeat New Zealand on Saturday's Confederations Cup opener, Portugal and Mexico will be confident of securing six points from their remaining two games and being involved in the semifinals.
Portugal full-back Cedric Soares' 88th-minute goal seemed to have given the Iberians a win but their Central American opponents made them pay for switching off at a corner when Mexico defender Hector Moreno rose high to head home a dramatic equaliser.
Vela pinged the ball back across goal to capitalise upon the poaching abilities of Mexico's all-time leading goalscorer Javier Hernandez.
Mexico has won five of its last six matches.
Portugal's defender Pepe scored a goal in the 21st minute of the game but the goal was disallowed for offside on review. "But we're a great side too, and I'm sure we can stop him", striker Raul Jimenez, a Portuguese league and cup double victor with Benfica, told FIFA.com.
Host Russia, ranked 63rd in the world, opens Group A play on Saturday against New Zealand in St. Petersburg. "There is no reason to be concerned, we have to think about the next match".
Portugal take on tournament hosts Russian Federation in their next group-stage outing on Wednesday afternoon, before then facing outsiders New Zealand three days later. I said we were not favourites, but contenders for victory.
Coach Fernando Santos and some of Ronaldo's teammates are confident the star forward won't be affected by the buzz created by a report that said he wants to leave the Spanish club because of allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities. However, one veteran team is drawing special attention - Mexico is playing against Portugal on Sunday's much-anticipated game.
The second half saw both sides play with more caution, but Portugal looked good to get the "ultimate" goal. It's an honour to play against the best teams in the world and that's what Mexico really needs.