Portugal draw against Mexico

Host Russia tops the group with three points after defeating New Zealand 2-0 in the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup on Saturday.

Putin welcomed fans to what he called a "big football festival" and thanked Infantino and FIFA for the faith they had shown in Russian Federation.

"Dorogiye druzhya (dear friends), dobro pozhalovat (welcome)", Infantino said. Ronaldo, the reigning world player of the year, is the biggest star at the Confederations Cup.

The FIFA 2018 World Cup will be held on June 14-July 15 2018 in the cities of Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, and Volgograd.

But Mexico, who deserved a point from the Group A clash, ensured it finished all square thanks to their powerful defender late on.

Defending looked optional at times during an entertaining 2-2 draw between Mexico and Portugal at the Confederations Cup on Sunday.

"It will help unlawful goals being added to the score, for both teams".

The game began well for the Iberian nation, former barcelona player Ricardo Quaresma opening the scoring on 34 minutes.

Moreno made it 2-2 in the 90th minute off a corner for Mexico with a flawless header when the Portuguese thought they had won.

It took about 30 seconds for the decision to be announced.

The Portuguese football federation released a statement, signed by coach Fernando Santos, Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the players, saying that "in this sad hour we send our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and loved ones of the victims of the fires".

However, the Arsenal winger's tournament could be in jeopardy as news has since circulated that he suffered a badly swollen ankle in Sunday night's game. "There are very strong national teams in this tournament", Silva said.

Mexican media said the chant was also heard at matches at home to Honduras and the USA earlier this month, although Federation Internationale de Football Association could not immediately reached for comment on whether disciplinary proceedings had been opened in those cases. New Zealand's Michael Boxall got a touch on the ball and was credited with an own goal.

Marinovic kept his team in the match early in the second half with back-to-back saves, diving to punch away a header by Dmitry Poloz before scrambling to his left to smother a rebound attempt by Aleksandr Erokhin. "Then we will see what is going to happen".

His shot was blocked, but with the Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa stranded, Vargas tapped in.

Opposite number Osorio has a long-established commitment to rotating his line-up, often to the chagrin of Mexican fans and pundits, and the combination of a swift turnaround in playing time, alongside the relative weakness of the opposition, means he should be expected to ring the changes once more.

The FIFA Confederations Cup is viewed by experts as a rehearsal for the organizers, with only one year to go to the FIFA World Cup.

Count Chile's Vidal among the current skeptics. Striker Smolov and midfielder Glushakov fired a goal each to take their team to a comfortable victory.

"We need to keep believing in ourselves, we know we have a great chance".

  • Leroy Wright