Monday, 18 June, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star reacts to Portugal draw in Confederations Cup

Vera Richards | 21 June, 2017, 02:57

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.

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

But the Portugal captain created another shooting opportunity for Quaresma with 10 minutes remaining and, although Ochoa saved comfortably, they continued to pile late pressure on Mexico.

"It's going to be hard but we have players who are very capable and have a strong motivation to bring happiness to all the Portuguese people".

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.

"In the end it was a well-deserved result after how we played today", Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said.

"The team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minute, but this is football. We lacked a little bit of efficiency".

Mexico will now turn their attention to New Zealand for their match on Wednesday in Sochi.

Ronaldo, 32, is reportedly furious over a tax probe into the off-shore accounts dealing with his image rights, and has reportedly vowed to leave Spain.

Salcedo misjudged a ball over the top and, though he got back to hold up Ronaldo, the Real Madrid striker showed great vision to slide in Quaresma, who wrong-footed Ochoa before sliding home.

Cristiano Ronaldo fails to attend a post-match press conference following Portugal's 2-2 draw with Mexico, as questions continue to mount over his Real Madrid future.

Chelsea have also been linked with the Ballon d'Or victor, although Madrid remain determined to persuade Ronaldo to stay put.

Ronaldo smacked a long-range shot onto the bar and Nani picked up the rebound to volley home. Ronaldo's representatives have denied any wrongdoing.

Back in 2004, the 19-year-old Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal demolished Russian Federation 7-1 in Lisbon.

But Mexico responded with Hernandez testing Portugal keeper Rui Patricio, before putting his side level. That was his 48 worldwide goal.

After an explosive opening period, the second was a much tamer affair as both teams squandered half chances as the tempo dropped.

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