Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russian Federation

Portugal's original core is aging

Mexico claimed a 2-2 draw with the European champions, with a last-gasp equaliser by Hector Moreno after Cedric seemed to have won the game for Portugal with a goal five minutes from time.

Substitute Cedric Soares looked like being the European champions' hero with his 86th-minute deflected shot, but Moreno's header from a corner spoiled the Southampton defender's celebration of his first worldwide goal to snatch a 2-2 draw for Mexico.

The score was 1-1 at half-time, as Javier Hernandez responded from close range after Ricardo Quaresma had opened the scoring, but the highlight of the first half was the pass from Cristiano Ronaldo that set his long-time global teammate up.

Portugal and Ronaldo take on Russian Federation in Moscow in their next fixture on Wednesday, and a win would be enough to see them leapfrog the current leaders into top spot in Group A. It's an honour to play against the best teams in the world and that's what Mexico really needs.

Handling Cristiano Ronaldo is going to be certainly one of the major concerns for the Mexicans and Miguel Layun said only hard work is going to get them the win.

"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. "We also set up [the Federation Internationale de Football Association video game] on another TV to play during halftime". "It will help unlawful goals being added to the score, for both teams".

Portugal have no injuries ahead of their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico with manager Fernando Santos having a fully fit squad to select from.

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Together, the young Silva and the veteran Ronaldo have scored 18 goals since they started playing alongside each other following Euros 2016.

He attracted headlines last week after being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of defrauding the country's tax authorities.

Ronaldo carried the ball into the area but was surrounded by three defenders and he passed it to Quaresma, who was free from markers on the far side of the box. Quaresma did well to allow Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to over-commit to a save before scoring into an empty net.

Nani's 21st minute goal was disallowed by video assistants because a Portugal player was offside in the build up to the goal.

Two weeks ago, he had also scored twice in the Champions League final to lead Madrid to its second consecutive title in the European club competition.

Mexico, who drew 1-1 at home to the United States in World Cup qualifying last weekend, will look to Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela and Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez for inspiration.

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