Mexico Snatches Late 2-2 Draw against Portugal in FIFA Confederations Cup

The result leaves hosts Russian Federation top of Group A, following their 2-0 victory over New Zealand yesterday.

"When Cristiano was able to run, that put Mexico on alert and we should have done that more often", Santos said after the game in his only reference to Portugal's talisman.

Fifa has defended the use of video assistant referees (VARs) in the Confederations Cup, saying the technology is "the future of football".

The match was preceded by an opening ceremony that featured pop star Sergey Lazarev alongside FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 mascot "Zabivaka".

"Dorogiye druzhya (dear friends), dobro pozhalovat (welcome)", Infantino said.

In New Zealand, there was virtually no countered that the hosts of the tournament.

El Tri were no pushovers in the match despite Portugal heading into Kazan Arena as the favourites.

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Mexico's Hector Moreno, 3rd from right, scores his side's second goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

"It was not the result we wanted, the team had the game nearly won and we conceded a goal in the last minutes, but that's football", said Ronaldo.

Both sides subsequently came close to breaking the deadlock, and it looked like Cedric Soares had scored the winning goal for the Seleccao with just five minutes to go in the match.

Ahead of the Portugal match, the Kremlin opted for a softer stance with deputy prime minister and president of the Russian Football Union Vitaly Mutko admitting the team's remaining Group A matches would be far more hard.

- There have been 24 goals in the six matches between Mexico and New Zealand, an average of four per game.

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. "Even if it is the right decision, this has an impact on players' emotions and feelings".

Count Chile's Vidal among the current skeptics.

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Argentine referee Nestor Pitana disallowed a goal by Portugals Pepe in the 21st minute of the first half after consulting the video assistant referee.

The former Napoli man had an eventful day to say the least, as he struck the post in the first minute, saw a shot saved and blazed an excellent chance over before he eventually found the net in first-half stoppage-time. After dancing round two defenders and an outstretched Ondoa, his blocked shot was turned in by Vargas to make it 2-0. Mexico struggled to imprint their own attacking style against high-profile Portugal, but still showed more than glimpses of quality, determination and perseverance as they fought bravely and never lost their head in crucial moments.

The tournament is traditionally used as a warm-up for the following year's World Cup and features the home nation, the winners of six continental tournaments and the reigning FIFA World Cup holders.

And on Monday, Tomi Juric's goal for Australia against Germany was allowed to stand despite a suspected handball after a review by the VAR.

The European champs soon took the lead though in sublime fashion after 34 minutes. Minutes after coming on, he almost scored a great headed goal but Ochoa came up with a terrific save.

"We played a team that has very good, technical players", said Portugsl coach Fernando Santos.

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