Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star reacts to Portugal draw in Confederations Cup
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 17:45
Portugal took the lead following an excellent run from Cristiano Ronaldo before he slipped an excellent pass to Ricardo Quaresma who faked out Guillermo Ochoa before slotting the ball into an open net.
"It was not the result we wanted", said the four-time Ballon d'Or victor.
"I think that, when football people enjoy the way we play, especially against a team like the one we faced, it's very positive", he said.
'We still believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left. "Now we have this result and we're going to focus and concentrate on the next game", Osorio said. "If we win we're one step away".
New Zealand head coach Anthony Hudson is keen not to patronise or belittle his players by treating the Confederations Cup match against Mexico as a "learning experience".
Video review is on trial in Russian Federation and Infantino hopes it can be fast-tracked for approval at the 2018 World Cup to help referees overturn "clear errors" in game-changing situations such as penalty kicks awarded and offside rulings affecting goals. While the side looked sharp in their qualifiers, they seldom played a team that would offer them a decent challenge. A few minutes later, Mexico had a chance to take the lead right before halftime, but Hernandez sailed the ball over the goal frame.
Mexico's all-time leading scorer still had time before the end of the half to blaze over from a good position.
Russian Federation are next up for Portugal in Moscow's Spartak Stadium on Wednesday, while Mexico face New Zealand in Sochi on the same day.
"The VAR tests during this Confederations Cup are also helping us to improve the processes and fine-tune communication", Infantino acknowledged.
Mexico's last competitive loss came nine games and exactly one year ago when Chile hammered them 7-0 in the Centenary Copa America.
Coach Fernando Santos has options ahead of Wednesday's game but as ever Portugal's fate could be in Ronaldo's hands. The Chilean striker became the first player in football history with a goal denied and confirmed by the VAR.