FIFA Confederations Cup: Hector Moreno strikes late as Mexico hold Portugal

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 Russian Federation.

Cedric Soares' deflected shot then put Portugal back in front - only for Hector Moreno to head home for Mexico in injury time.

After Russia beat New Zealand on Saturday in the Confederations Cup opener, Sunday saw the competition really lift off.

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Mexico for much of the match took possession and control and was the team that took the game to Portugal from the forefront.

One "clear error" might be overturned every four or five games, Federation Internationale de Football Association head of refereeing Massimo Busacca suggested past year.

Fernando Santos sent Portugal out in a 4-4-2 formation on the Confederations Cup debut, with talisman and captain Cristiano Ronaldo leading the line alongside Nani but despite their obvious superiority on paper, they struggled to get a hold of the ball in the opening exchanges.

"We can't just attack and not think about the defence though".

However, Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana called for a review from the video assistant referee and it was eventually ruled that Pepe was one of four players who were offside.

Mexico earlier levelled the contest 1-1 when Javier Hernandez headed home from close range.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio: "We played the European champions on equal terms, we generated chances but couldn't finish them".

The result leaves hosts Russian Federation top of Group A, following their 2-0 victory over New Zealand yesterday.

"We also managed to keep Cristiano Ronaldo in check".

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.

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

Hector Herrera had a rough start to 2017 and Jonathan dos Santos had never been a great player for Mexico.

A frantic end to the first half gave way to a boring second as both sides were found wanting with their final ball, with Ronaldo - isolated after Nani's withdrawal - unable to influence the game.

  • Julie Sanders