Draw is not the end, says Cristiano Ronaldo

"But no one has yet worked them out very well".

Santos, meanwhile, is expecting his squad to be tested by the hosts, who are in a strong position to qualify from Group A having beaten New Zealand in the tournament's opening match on Saturday.

Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo refused to press the panic button after the reigning European champions conceded a last-gasp leveller to draw their opening Confederations Cup clash 2-2 with Mexico in Kazan.

"The national team, more than preparing the way for the eventual exit of Rafael [Marquez] I believe.is prepared to perform and give positive results the day any player can't play", said Osorio before adding that the phasing out of Marquez is not immediate, but part of a natural process.

10th Federation Cup Under FIFA Chronology Sounds Mexico will face off against New Zealand in the Plot 2. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Hector Moreno scored the goals to come away with the point from that match.

"We want to win the game and we need to win, it is our Cup final really", said the 25-year-old from Ipswich Town FC.

Reuters picMOSCOW, June 21 ― World football governing body Fifa said yesterday it had warned Mexico over what it said were "insulting and discriminatory" chants during their first Confederations Cup match in Russian Federation.

After all, the Mexico Team has now 2nd position in the Group A statistics, in order to support the Team for the Knock out Round, this match and Upcoming match should qualify or else, the Team will nicely eliminated from the Federation Cup. The game is set to be a mismatch that Mexico should be able to win by a comfortable margin. "The draw is a fair result without doubt", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, whose side wore black armbands in honour of the victims of a deadly forest fire back home.

An early scare in the 20th minute from Portugal was sent back to the Video Assistant Referee and declared offside until a clutch assist from Ronaldo in the 34th minute put Portugal in control.

Colombian Osorio appeared to show sympathy with this viewpoint as he sought to play the role of mediator in a pre-match news conference at Fisht Stadium.

"We all have good memories of 2013", said Sanchez.

The score remained 1-0 to the European champions at the halftime break. "But I do not think anyone can see this new rule (working) very well yet".

  • Julie Sanders