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Portugal and Mexico draw 2-2 in Confederations Cup

Portugal and Mexico draw 2-2 in Confederations Cup

Portugal vs Mexico was the Confederations Cup offering on Sunday, and it was indefinitely more watchable than the opening game between Russian Federation and New Zealand.

Madrid-based sports daily Marca said Ronaldo has told his teammates he will quit Spain, claiming he said "there's no turning back". A report by a Portuguese newspaper two days before Sunday's game said that the Madrid forward had made the "irreversible" decision to leave the Spanish club because he was upset with the allegations. Salcedo and Layun would be the wing-backs (although Layun would push higher up than Salcedo) with Hector Herrera and Guardado in central midfield and Carlos Vela out right, Hirving Lozano out left and Javier Hernandez up front.

"It's not the result we wanted, we had the game nearly won", said Ronaldo, who was voted the man of the match.

The match kicked off in Kazan after a moment of silence in memory of the victims who have died in forest fires in Pedrogao Grande, Portugal.

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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. Group B has Germany, Chile, Australia and Cameroon.

The duo scored goals in the same match three other times - World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and the Faroe Islands. It is played by the continental champions plus the host nation and the World Cup victor.

They will be led by former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez, still going strong at 38 - while Ronaldo will win his 140th cap in the game, Marquez will be making his 139th global appearance.

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"He takes this tournament very seriously and is focused", said Ronaldo's team-mate Andre Silva, the striker who has just joined AC Milan from Porto.

Ricardo Carvalho hopes to watch Portugal add the Confederations Cup to their trophy cabinet after defying his advancing years to win the European Championship last season. He also scored important goals in the decisive stages of the Spanish league, a competition Madrid won this season for the first time in five years. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless. Having a Confederations Cup exactly one year ahead of the World Cup, at peak time for European leagues, would not be acceptable.

Portugal has won six of its last seven games, with the only setback coming in a 3-2 loss against Sweden in a friendly in March. "I have the same confidence today", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said earlier this week.

Portugal is making its debut in the Confederations Cup, while Mexico is playing in the intercontinental competition for the seventh time.

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo inspects the grass during a training session at the Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. It's an honour to play against the best teams in the world and that's what Mexico really needs.


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