Portugal and Mexico Duel to Tie in Confederations Cup Match – New York Times
“In the end, it was a well-deserved result after how we played today,” Mexico Coach Juan Carlos Osorio said. “We faced the European champions, a team that plays at a very high level, and we played equal to them. It was a great result for Mexican football.”
Mexico controlled possession and spent more time on Portugal’s side of the field, but Portugal was a constant threat on the counterattack in front of 34,372 fans at Kazan Arena.
Portugal Coach Fernando Santos said it was not the performance he expected from his team.
“We know we didn’t play well,” he said. “Mexico was better, more aggressive. We played without confidence, couldn’t connect two or three passes. It was a fair result for how the teams played.”
Ronaldo played well and assisted on the first goal but did not score.
He attracted headlines last week after being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of defrauding the country’s tax authorities. A report by a Portuguese newspaper two days before Sunday’s game said that Ronaldo, a forward for Real Madrid, had made the “irreversible” decision to leave the Spanish team because he was upset with the allegations.
Ronaldo made a great run from near midfield to set up Quaresma’s 34th-minute goal. Ronaldo carried the ball into the area but was surrounded by three defenders, so he passed to Quaresma, who was free on the far side of the box. Quaresma used one touch to fake Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, and then easily found the open net.
Mexico tied the match less than 10 minutes later with a close-range diving header by Chicharito after Portugal defender Raphaël Guerreiro failed to clear a ball. Mexico midfielder Carlos Vela got to the ball near the far post and sent it to Chicharito for the goal.
Soares scored late with a shot from inside the penalty area after Mexico midfielder Héctor Herrera lost the ball, and Moreno’s equalizer came with a firm header from close range after a corner kick.
Ochoa made a diving save in the 85th minute to keep the young Portugal forward André Silva from scoring with a header.
Nani’s 21st-minute goal was disallowed by video assistants because a Portugal player was offside.