Osorio insists Mexico can overcome New Zealand spirit

"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.

Mexico equalized eight minutes later through a Javier Javier Hernandez diving header after poor defending by the Portuguese.

"People are talking about this and I wanted to see it and take a photo of it", said Artem Maltsev, a 23-year-old Kazan resident standing outside the Portugal hotel.

"The team continue to believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left".

Ronaldo added in his post-match interview: "We are calm and we have to think about the next game".

With this draw, Portugal and Mexico are in second and third place, respectively, in Group A with one point each. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless.

When they did have to discuss their star player, they kept it general. Portugal's next assignment will be against Russian Federation, in Moscow amid what will certainly be a more boisterous atmosphere than the generally lukewarm vibe inside a sub-capacity Kazan Arena.

Pepe dodged questions on the future of his Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday and insisted the four-time Ballon d'Or victor was merely focused on the Confederations Cup.

"We were at least as good as they were and they're the current European champion", said the Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio.

Andre Gomes and Adrien were booked against Mexico and are just one more yellow card away from a one-match suspension.

"The result was fair as Mexico also played well".

The prosecutor last week accused Ronaldo of having a shell company in the Virgin Islands to hide the money he had made from image rights.

On Friday, a source close to Ronaldo revealed the Real Madrid forward wants to leave Spain.

As man of the match, Ronaldo was obliged to attend a formal press conference but failed to appear amid suggestions he was "undergoing treatment".

"In some regards, they have that team spirit which represents not only the New Zealander national soccer team, but also the All Blacks and rugby teams".

  • Julie Sanders