Cristiano Ronaldo in focus after Confederations Cup tie

Cristiano Ronaldo in focus after Confederations Cup tie

Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo refused to press the panic button after the reigning European champions conceded a last-gasp leveller to draw their opening Confederations Cup clash 2-2 with Mexico in Kazan.

Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal against Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez of Mexico in their first match of the tournament.

Title contenders Portugal and Mexico fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, with each team scoring in the last five minutes.

Russian Federation beat New Zealand 2-0 in the other Group A fixture, while Chile beat Cameroon 2-0 in the opening Group B tie. Team Portugal, in my opinion is the favorite of Group A, where, in addition to Mexicans, rivals in the struggle for access to the playoffs were the Russian national team and New Zealand.

Portugal had the ball in the net early on after a Cristiano Ronaldo volley crashed off the crossbar and eventually reach Pepe to score.

The overall result will be a positive one for Mexico as they showed a gull to battle back from being down a goal twice to tie that match both times.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said his team deserved their point but admitted there was work to be done going forward.

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Writing in his column on West Ham's website, Fonte said: "We are obviously used to spending time together away at tournaments, and it helps that we have a great bunch of lads and are all very close".

Mexico had a corner kick right at the death and Hector Moreno headed home the crucial equalizer to send the entire Kazan Arena into the wilds.

"It was not the result we wanted", the Portugal captain said.

Ronaldo was also involved in one of the game's biggest talking points, a "goal" that was disallowed after consultation with the Video Assistant Referees. "We played against a team at a high level". Chile players had done their choreographed goal celebration routine and were moving back into position for the restart when referee Skomina signaled for a review.

Neither team was dominant but it was Portugal who edged ahead when a deflected shot from Soares beat Guillermo Ochoa.

Portugal turned the screw in the final minutes as they sought a victor and they got it when Cedric wandered forward from right back and saw his close-range shot loop in off Hector Herrera's foot.

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