Confederations Cup Report: Portugal 2 - 2 Mexico
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 18:08
New Zealand are at the bottom of the group with no points.
The FIFA Player of the Year, who had scored 11 goals in seven games coming into Sunday's encounter, was perhaps not as influential as usual but was still named man-of-the-match.
"We are professionals. We are just thinking about doing our best in the Confederations Cup and to go as far as we can in this tournament", Pepe said when asked whether the situation over Portugal's talisman had impacted on the group.
With this draw, Portugal and Mexico are in second and third place, respectively, in Group A with one point each.
Mexico face New Zealand on Wednesday in Sochi in their second Confederations Cup match.
Pepe says he expects a tough match, as Russian Federation bid for a second group win to reach the semi-finals.
It took until the 85th minute for the next goal of the game, when Cedric found space in the box and fired a shot beyond three diving defenders and Mexico goalkeeper Ochoa, but Moreno still had time to rise highest and meet a left-wing corner, nodding home off the inside of a post to ensure a share of the spoils.
Another loss will nearly certainly end any semi-final hopes before facing European champions Portugal in their final pool match.
"We know the task, we know how hard it's going to be but this is not a game we are going into fearful or over-respecting the opposition at all".
"This is the first time Portugal have been here, it's a privilege to be here and Cristiano is just another player motivated to help Portugal as he always has done".
Portugal's advance in the early stages was soon rewarded by Pepe latching onto a long distance effort from winger Nani, only to be retrospectively ruled offside.
"It's going to be very hard, but we have players who are very capable and are highly motivated".