Mexico hold Portugal to 2-2 draw in Confederations Cup 2017
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 18:49
Prosecutors lodged a complaint at a Spanish court this month in which Ronaldo is accused of defrauding the Spanish treasury of €14.7million in tax owed on image rights. What is clear is that nobody is any the wiser following this game.
The 32-year-old was obliged to appear in front of the cameras after being named as FIFA's official man of the match at the Kazan Arena in Russian Federation.
"It was not the result we wanted, the team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minutes, but this is football", he said. This is the debut of appeal judges to the replays on tournament of such rank.
"Those are the rules and if they benefit football, great", said Santos in the news conference afterwards.
One name worth highlighting is Carlos Salcedo, who was El Tri's most disappointing player of the match. It was, of course, the right decision, but it also necessitated going back a few phases in the buildup to find the initial infringement for offside.
From the rebound, Joao Moutinho drilled the ball towards goal and Pepe headed into the net only for the Video Assistant Referees to correctly rule the goal out for an offside in the initial move.
Quaresma had a golden chance to double his tally six minutes later when Ronaldo set him up with a brilliant back-hell but his finish was just wide of the Mexico goal, much to the relief of Ochoa and co. But with just moments remaining in the encounter, Hector Moreno nodded home the equaliser to earn a hard-fought 2-2 draw for Mexico.
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. "But our players aren't machines".
"The VAR tests during this Confederations Cup are also helping us to improve the processes and fine-tune communication", Infantino acknowledged. His second half display was far quieter although it was his ball for substitute Gelson Martins that led to what should have been the 86th-minute match-winner from Cedric Soares. While Ronaldo's representatives have refuted the allegations, they have not denied the reports the player wants to leave Spain, fuelling what promises to be the biggest transfer saga of the summer.
"At the start we couldn't enjoy good control of the ball but then we managed to balance things out and could have won it". In general play he had a point and that is a concern for a Portugal side that needs to show soon that it can accommodate its exceptional young talent.
Spain are an excellent side but Portugal's recent form like can not be ignored and they look monster value to win at 3/1 with bet365.