Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

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Portugal vs Mexico was the Confederations Cup offering on Sunday, and it was indefinitely more watchable than the opening game between Russian Federation and New Zealand.

Portugal take on tournament hosts Russian Federation in their next group-stage outing on Wednesday afternoon, before then facing outsiders New Zealand three days later.

Cristiano Ronaldo fails to attend a post-match press conference following Portugal's 2-2 draw with Mexico, as questions continue to mount over his Real Madrid future.

The score was 1-1 at half-time, as Javier Hernandez responded from close range after Ricardo Quaresma had opened the scoring, but the highlight of the first half was the pass from Cristiano Ronaldo that set his long-time global teammate up.

Portugal looked to have won when Cedric fired home a deflected shot but Moreno headed home a corner in added time to give Mexico a share of the points.

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Manager Fernando Santos has selected a strong squad, blending mainstays of the team such as Real Madrid megastar Ronaldo with exciting young talent like Bernardo Silva, who recently made a $55 million move from French side Monaco to Manchester City.

"It's not the result we wanted, we had the game nearly won", said Ronaldo, who was voted the man of the match. "They are a great team but we're pretty good too", the 56-year-old said. The superstar marched down the left and played a brilliant ball across the box to Ricardo Quaresma for the lead.

The Besiktas winger drew Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and tapped home the opening goal.

Mexico equalized less than 10 minutes later with a close-range diving header by Chicharito after Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro failed to clear a ball crossed into the area. Just eight minutes later, Javier Hernandez scored the equalizer for Mexico.

Forward Nani scored but a review by video assistants showed a Portugal player was offside in the build up to the goal.

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