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Portugal sidesteps Ronaldo's legal woes at Confed Cup

Portugal sidesteps Ronaldo's legal woes at Confed Cup

Their 2-0 loss to hosts Russian Federation in Saturday's opening Group A match means Oceania champions New Zealand have now gone a record ten games without a win at the Confederations Cup having left the 1999, 2003 and 2009 editions empty-handed.

An evenly contested first half saw Portugal take the lead through Ricardo Quaresma after a fine set-up by captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Striker Javier Hernandez levelled for Mexico shortly before half-time, and although right-back Cedric Soares looked to have earned Portugal victory four minutes from time, Hector Moreno's late header denied Portugal the win in their first match in Group A.

If the FIFA Confederations Cup needed a kick start, it got it with European champions Portugal, and Gold Cup champions Mexico, as the pair battled to a thrilling 2-2 draw.

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Mexico for much of the match took possession and control and was the team that took the game to Portugal from the forefront. Eduardo Vargas seemed to have a small heart attack when it seemed like his frantic rebounding goal off a Cameroon goalkeeper might have been off side in extra time, but was vindicated by the refs to bring the W home for Chile.

Portugal and Chile both had goals disallowed for offside. "Then we will see what is going to happen". "We are calm and thinking about the next game".

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described VAR as "the future of modern football" following criticism of the technology during the Confederations Cup.

The veteran forward was one of the standout performers in Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph past year, and he seems to have continued his form for the Seleccao in the Confederations Cup as well.

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Participation in the European Champion competitions Cristiano Ronaldo, no doubt, add to the popularity and appeal of the Confederations Cup.

The FIFA Player of the Year, who had scored 11 goals in seven games coming into Sunday's encounter, was perhaps not as influential as usual but was still named man-of-the-match.

"We recognise New Zealand are a strong team, with a good aerial game, very physical".

"I think the first game helped because numerous Mexican fans actually stopped some of them who actually chanted and that's a good thing because now consciousness is more of a powerful weapon on this matter specifically".

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