Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

Portugal looked set for a late win when Cedric Soares scored with a deflected shot in the 86th minute, but Hector Moreno equalized for Mexico with a header in stoppage time.

Portugal play the hosts in Moscow on Wednesday before completing their group fixtures against New Zealand in Saint Petersburg on June 24. A video assistant should not be scrapped as an idea, far from it, but there's no way we should be reviewing every decision.

Despite the disappointing end with Moreno's goal, Santos believes a draw was a fair result.

'We have to win, because if we win the next game we will be one step away from qualifying'. It ended; Portugal 2-2 Mexico.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos rued the concession of a late equaliser.

"We know we didn't play well", he said.

Mexico captain Andres Guardado towed the same line and was adamant that technology will be good for the game over the long run. "I think it was a very good result for Mexico".

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An entertaining contest at the Kazan Arena was first ignited when Cristiano Ronaldo fired a shot onto Mexico's crossbar in the early stages of the match.

The building was painted by a local collective called Supernova after a call from the city of Kazan to create murals in different parts of the municipality to celebrate the start of the Confederations Cup.

As man of the match, Ronaldo was obliged to attend a formal press conference but failed to appear amid suggestions he was "undergoing treatment".

Of greater outcome was the astute piece of vision later in the first half, which set up Ricardo Quaresma for a strike that counted, even if the speed and power that used to characterize Ronaldo initially failed him.

The Portugal skipper could not control the ball to shoot but his brilliant pass between three defenders left Quaresma free to round keeper Guillermo Ochoa and tap into the empty net. It was perfectly placed for Chicharito to get a head on the ball, and Mexico's all-time leading scorer converted.

As for Portugal, Quaresma is confident the Selecao can back up their surprise Euro 2016 title in France previous year with success in Russian Federation, adding: "We have a lot of youngsters with a lot of talent and quality".

The European champions were to be denied victory in added time, as Hector Moreno headed in from a corner, with the aid of the post.

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