Confederations Cup 2017: Late drama ensues as Mexico battle to hold Portugal

"In the end the result was fair as Mexico also played well".

Portugal's coach Fernando Santos has said he will rotate his team through the Confed Cup.

A world-class potential who largely failed to deliver to the promise is enjoying a stellar run for his national side, where he has managed to position himself as one of the key players at the age of 33.

Mexico defender Moreno, who recently joined Italian side Roma from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, headed in off the post from a Jonathan dos Santos cross.

Ricardo Quaresma had given showed great composure to control Ronaldo's defence splitting pass to him before fooling the Mexico keeper with one touch and tapping into an empty goal.

FIFA said disciplinary committee chairman Anin Yeboah "decided to impose a warning on the Mexican Football Federation for the misconduct of a small group of Mexican fans in relation to insulting and discriminatory chants".

"We still need to work on our finishing, we're not efficient enough in the final third of the pitch".

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.

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo vies with Mexico's defender Diego Reyes during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match between Portugal and Mexico at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 18, 2017.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich clarified yesterday that reports linking Ronaldo with a possible move to the German champions if the Portuguese chose to leave Real were a hoax. The goal was disallowed for offside on review.

When Ronaldo's volley thumped the crossbar, Nani pounced on the rebound, but the video ref spotted that four players were offside.

First, Portugal will take on group leaders Russian Federation in Moscow.

Having successfully recovered from an injury which kept him under doubt for the Latvia qualifier, Besiktas star was rewarded with a starting place in Portugal's Confederations Cup opener against Mexico.

Ronaldo played well and made the first goal but did not score.

After an explosive opening period, the second was a much tamer affair as both teams squandered half chances as the tempo dropped.

  • Julie Sanders