Confederations cup: Ronaldo douse Mexico draw

By Daily Sports on June 19, 2017

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Portugal twice surrendered the lead against Mexico in their Confederations Cup opener on Sunday but the 2-2 draw was no cause for alarm, according to captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hector Moreno scored in added time to earn a point for the Mexicans five minutes after Cedric put the Portuguese in front.

"It wasn't the result that we wanted," said Ronaldo. "There's no need to set off any alarms, the team was good. It was a good result at 2-1 but that's football. They scored in the last few minutes and now we think of the next game.

"We need to keep believing in ourselves, we know we have a great chance. There are two games to go and that's why we're cool, we're at ease. Now we need to think of the next game, which we have to win. If we win we're one step away."

Portugal play hosts Russia in Moscow on Wednesday, while Mexico take on New Zealand in Sochi. The Russians top Group A after beating the All Whites 2-0 on Saturday.

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.

The Real Madrid striker, whose club future has been the subject of media speculation after he was accused by Spanish prosecutors of committing tax fraud, which Ronaldo denies, set up Portugal's opener.

His pass split the Mexican defence and gave Ricardo Quaresma a golden opportunity to open the scoring.

Photo shows Ronaldo.

Source Daily Sports

Posted June 19, 2017

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