Mexico fully deserved Portugal point, says Osorio
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 1:09
But Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma scored the opener on 34 minutes before Javier Hernandez equalised with a low header for Mexico. "There is no reason to be concerned, we have to think about the next match".
"I would like to say something on behalf of my players".
El Tri were no pushovers in the match despite Portugal heading into Kazan Arena as the favourites.
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Mexico fully deserved a share of the spoils against Portugal as a reward for taking the game to the European champions, head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has said.
"The team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minute, but this is football".
"We still need to work on our finishing, we're not efficient enough in the final third of the pitch".
Ronaldo, 32, is reportedly furious over a tax probe into the off-shore accounts dealing with his image rights, and has reportedly vowed to leave Spain.
Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon. Who Santos choses to start alongside star man and captain Cristiano Ronaldo in attack may prove crucial in determining which way this game swings. While Portugal was very unsafe on the counter, Mexico was able to keep Ronaldo at bay for the most of the 90 minutes.
Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.
Fedor Smolov got off the mark in the first game and will take heart from the fact that Portugal's defence has never been their strong point.
Just before halftime, Mexico leveled through Chicharito.
Mexico's all-time top scorer grabbed his 48th global goal from 93 appearances after some awful defending by Portugal. Hernandez scores - A bad error from Raphael gives Vela the ball on the right-hand side, in the box. Patrício at this point his team to help could not.