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

March 28 2017 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the international friendly soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the dos Barreiros stadium in Funchal Madeira island Portugal

The goal was possible thanks to an error by Carlos Salcedo, who badly misjudged a header, whiffing as the ball fell to Ronaldo.

His pass split the Mexican defence and gave Ricardo Quaresma a golden opportunity to open the scoring.

Surrounded by officials FIFA President Gianni Infantino seen during his visit to Media centre prior the Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017. Mexico has only lost one game in its last five, its latest result was a 1-1 draw with the United States while its greatest victory was a 3-0 win against Honduras.

"We could have killed off the match but it didn't happen".

Ronaldo, the reigning world player of the year, is enjoying one of his greatest career runs, having scored 18 goals in his last 11 matches, including two in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final.

"The majority of Mexico's starters play in Europe and compete at a high level, so I believe we have what it takes to bring down the current European champs!" he said.

Host Russia top the group with three points after defeating New Zealand 2-0 in the opening match on Saturday.

The newspaper said its story was based on a reliable source and that the 32-year-old four-times world player of the year had already made up his mind to ask the club for a transfer. We were at least as good as they were.

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Ronaldo was making the headlines on Friday because of a report that said he wants to leave Real Madrid and Spain following allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities. "It will help unlawful goals being added to the score, for both teams".

"Those are the rules and if [the VAR] benefits football, very well", he told a post-match news conference.

'It was not the result we wanted, the team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minute, but this is football, ' he said.

Cristiano Ronaldo struck a free kick from 30 yards into the wall in the 21st minute and when the ball was played back into the box, Ronaldo fired a loose ball onto the crossbar with Pepe eventually putting the ball into the net.

"We wanted to win, of course, but we have to be satisfied with this result against the European champions", Chicharito said.

Mexico, the 1999 winners, struggled to match Fernando Santos' side as Portugal hit their stride halfway through the first half and Ronaldo provided Quaresma with a simple finish after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) had ruled out a goal for Nani.

Silva, who has just moved from FC Porto to AC Milan in a transfer worth almost 40 million euros, has scored seven goals in eight games since his debut with the national team in a friendly against Gibraltar in September.

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