Cristiano Ronaldo in focus after Confederations Cup tie

Jun 19, 2017, 00:19
Cristiano Ronaldo in focus after Confederations Cup tie

Portugal had a first-half goal against Mexico chalked off in the Confederations Cup after the action was reviewed on video.

Both teams are trailing hosts Russian Federation in Group A, who beat New Zealand 2-0 in the tournament opener on Saturday. Ricardo Quaresma opened the scoring for Portugal in the 34th minute on a magical assist from Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said it was not the performance he expected from his team.

There's massive experience in the team with record appearance holder Ronaldo, defenders Bruno Alves and Pepe, and winger Nani - all of whom have caps either in treble figures or approaching that number.

And two goals in the final five minutes signified a insane end to a thrilling game and while Portugal feel robbed, a draw was probably the just result.

However, Portugal, and Ronaldo, were not to be denied.

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Mexico has won five of its last six matches.

Santos opted for a 4-4-2 formation in that game, and it's likely he'll deploy the same system against Mexico on Sunday.

Manager Juan Carlos Osorio has called on his main men for the tournament in Russian Federation, including top scorer Javier Hernandez - aka Chicharito. "We are calm and thinking about the next game". The match is also live streamed at Fox Sports Go.

Chicharito arrived at Manchester United the year after Ronaldo left, but the two did play together at Real Madrid during the Mexican's one-year loan in the 2014/15 season. They won the title as hosts in 1999 thanks to a thrilling 4-3 win against Brazil in the final, and are the only previous winners of the trophy among the teams at Russian Federation 2017.

Portugal's next game is on Wednesday at the Spartak Stadium against Russian Federation, while Mexico will face minnows New Zealand later on the same day at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

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