Ronaldo far from Portugal's only threat, warns Osorio
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 4:29
Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas fired Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon, but the game was once again dominated by the video assistant system which is being trialed at the Confederations Cup.
His 30-metre strike bounced off the bar and Nani hammered the ball home but the referees disallowed the effort for an offside infringement earlier in the move.
But for the next two weeks the main thing on the mind of the reigning Ballon d'Or holder is winning more silverware in the eight-nation World Cup warm-up event. "He is an idol, even for us players", admitted veteran defender Bruno Alves, the 35-year-old who has just signed for Scottish club Rangers. "We also set up [the Federation Internationale de Football Association video game] on another TV to play during halftime".
"We were at least as good as they were and they're the current European champion", said the Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio.
Fans of Mexico's national team pose for photos prior to a World Cup soccer qualifying match against the U.S.at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Sunday June 11, 2017.
The score was 1-1 at half-time, as Javier Hernandez responded from close range after Ricardo Quaresma had opened the scoring, but the highlight of the first half was the pass from Cristiano Ronaldo that set his long-time global teammate up.
The Portuguese sports daily A Bola published a front-page story Friday saying that Ronaldo was upset with the accusations made against him and that his decision was "irreversible". Portugal will be wearing black armbands in remembrance of the victims, and the teams will observe a minute of silence prior to kickoff. The Confederations Cup is considered a warm up for next summer's World Cup.
Mexico's second half resistance was broken four minutes from time when Hector Herrera let the ball bounce off his foot and Cedric pounced, with the Southampton player's shot taking a deflection off Herrera on the way in.
Much of the pre-match talk has centred on Portugal star Ronaldo, whose preparations for the finals have been overshadowed by a legal complaint alleging tax fraud in Spain and a reported desire to quit Real Madrid.
"I don't think we'll see a match with more defending than attacking. It was a fair result for how the teams played".
The Besiktas winger drew Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and tapped home the opening goal.
Mexico came from behind twice to earn a point against Portugal.
Chile's star player Arturo Vidal fiercely argued with referee Damir Skomina when a goal scored in first-half stoppage time by Eduardo Vargas was overruled nearly one minute later.
Ochoa made a great diving save in the 85th to keep young Portugal forward Andre Silva from scoring with a header.