Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

"It's not the result we wanted, we had the game nearly won", said Ronaldo, who was voted the man of the match.

But, just as sloppy defending had let Ronaldo in, Raphael Guerreiro's poor miscue led to an equaliser for Hernandez three minutes before half-time.

The under-fire Real Madrid star's clever first touch had him off and running, and although he stumbled in the box and allowed defenders to recover, he found teammate Ricardo Quaresma on the opposite side of the box. "We are calm and thinking about the next game".

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

"We need to keep believing in ourselves, we know we have a great chance".

After the break, both teams looked to play with less attacking intent, and there were few attempts on net until the final minutes when Portugal began to pour men forward.

And Ronaldo is now be linked with a shock move away from Real Madrid, with the likes of former club Manchester United said to be extremely interested. The goal was disallowed for offside on review.

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"Hector Moreno's goal handed Mexican football a huge result", he said.

Ronaldo carried the ball into the area but was surrounded by three defenders and he passed it to Quaresma, who was free from markers on the far side of the box.

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

The result means that Russian Federation top Group A with 3 points, with Portugal and Mexico on 1 point each, ahead of bottom-placed New Zealand. Mexico had a moment before halftime to pull back level, but while Carlos Vela's cross met the head of Chicharito, the Bayer Leverkusen striker couldn't do much with it, only weakly touching it into the waiting arms of Rui Patricio on the hop.

Quaresma had an opportunity to get his second of the game and win it for his team with 10 minutes to go, set up for an acrobatic effort by Ronaldo only to shoot straight at the 'keeper.

However, the goal was ruled out less than a minute later as the referee used the Video Assistant Referee to check Pepe's positioning when the ball had been fed back into the box from Ronaldo's free-kick.

  • Julie Sanders