Ronaldo focused on Confederations Cup, says Portugal team-mate Andre Silva

Portugal coach Fernando Santos was visibly angry on the sidelines as a goal in his team's 2-2 Confederations Cup draw against Mexico on Sunday was ruled out by the video assistant referee (VAR).

Portugal had a goal disallowed in the first half after the referee consulted with the video assistant referee - and once more it provoked a storm of controversy.

But Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma scored the opener on 34 minutes before Javier Hernandez equalised with a low header for Mexico.

European champions Portugal were pegged back twice by North and Central American champions Mexico in a 2-2 draw in the second match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday at the Kazan Arena in Russian Federation.

The result left European champion Portugal and Gold Cup victor Mexico trailing host Russian Federation in Group A. Russian Federation opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday.

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.

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Quaresma had a golden chance to double his tally six minutes later when Ronaldo set him up with a brilliant back-hell but his finish was just wide of the Mexico goal, much to the relief of Ochoa and co.

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"The team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minute, but this is football". Minutes after coming on, he almost scored a great headed goal but Ochoa came up with a terrific save.

'It was not the result we wanted, the team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minutes, but this is football, ' said Ronaldo, who is under more scrutiny than usual playing for his country after it emerged on Friday he wants to quit Real Madrid and leave Spain as a result of an investigation into his tax affairs. While last summer's combination of Nani, Quaresma and other veterans clearly works, a harsh reading would be that Portugal risk missing an opportunity to impose a coherent pattern of play for the long term.

(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis). Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo plays with the ball during a training session at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

In his next game, Silva scored a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands, when Ronaldo added one goal in another 6-0 victory. But with just moments remaining in the encounter, Hector Moreno nodded home the equaliser to earn a hard-fought 2-2 draw for Mexico.

"You saw the way we played, [it was] very courageous", said Javier Hernandez.

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.

"In the end the result was fair as Mexico also played well".

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