Mexico Snatches Late 2-2 Draw against Portugal in FIFA Confederations Cup

The late drama took much of the focus away from Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo who, apart from the assist for Ricardo Quaresma's opener, failed to inspire his side.

Soares' goal had to be confirmed by video review but it eventually stood.

The Real Madrid forward, who had been surrounded by speculation over his future leading into the game, controlled a long cross-field pass that caught out Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo, then burst into the box.

Portugal believed they had grabbed the lead in the 20th minute through Pepe only for the Video Assistant Referee to deem it to have been offside after a brief consultation with the man in the middle.

A source claims Ronaldo "feels great indignation" with all the conjecture about his tax affairs and a sense of "injustice" at the allegations - which he contests - and has made a decision to leave Spain.

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).

With the game looking like it may end deadlocked at 1-1 defender Cedric popped up in the box to fire home his first worldwide goal via a deflection.

Ronaldo's backheel then saw Quaresma fire narrowly wide but another defensive error allowed Mexico to draw level three minutes before the break. "I have the same confidence today", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said earlier this week.

The Indomitable Lions, who reached the final in 2003, surprised everyone by winning the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon at the turn of the year, while Chile won back-to-back Copa America crowns in the last two years and are spearheaded by Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.

Portugal, meanwhile, has no reported injury problems and Santos has an array of options, especially down the wings, although the message from the camp has been to keep feet on the ground despite being second favorite to win the tournament with the bookmakers.

Few players have succeeded alongside Ronaldo in Portugal's attack recently.

Hernandez started in an unfamiliar role. Miguel Layun was given the responsibility of overlapping from full-back. Can Juan Carlos Osorio's squad deal with travel and the change in time zones to compete on equal footing with top European opposition? Portugal has won six of its last seven games. After a give and go down the right, Hernandez flashed a header towards goal in the 38th minute, but it was straight at Rui Patricio. He is cool and calm when he has chances in front of goal. With the goal gaping, though, he blasted the ball high over the bar.

"Ronaldo is motivated", young Portugal forward Andre Silva said.

  • Julie Sanders