Portugal goal against Mexico annulled after video review

Portugal goal against Mexico annulled after video review

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Fellow Confederations Cup Group A teams Russian Federation and New Zealand opened the tournament in St. Petersburg on Saturday, with the hosts running out comfortable 2-0 winners.

New Zealand are at the bottom of the group with no points.

But, just as sloppy defending had let Ronaldo in, Raphael Guerreiro's poor miscue led to an equaliser for Hernandez three minutes before half-time.

Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Eder were in the squad when Portugal won the European championship previous year, with Eder scoring the extra-time victor in the final against host France, but none made it to Fernando Santos' squad for the Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up event.

Portugal looked to have won when Cedric fired home a deflected shot but Moreno headed home a corner in added time to give Mexico a share of the points.

"If we apply it to perfection we have a very good chance of beating Portugal". I'm not running away from that, and I see myself lifting the trophy with my teammates, but there is a long road ahead, and we'll go from game to game.

"The majority of Mexico's starters play in Europe and compete at a high level, so I believe we have what it takes to bring down the current European champs!" he said.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo exercises during a training session at the Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos said it was not the performance he expected from his team.

"If this is going to happen several times during a game, well it's not very pleasant for the players", Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said.

Javier Hernandez is the only player at #ConfedCup 2017 to have scored in a previous edition (scoring three in 2013). "It was a fair result for how the teams played".

The Portuguese sports daily A Bola published a front-page story Friday saying that Ronaldo was upset with the accusations made against him and that his decision to leave Madrid was "irreversible".

In the pre-match press conference, Osorio showed respect for Portugal, but also warned of his own team's attacking prowess. Cristiano Ronaldo ran at the Mexican defense before finding Quaresma for an easy finish.

The ball was then lifted back into the box and eventually found defender Pepe, who's strike crept in at the far post. But Hector Moreno's header in the 91 minute saw Mexico equalise yet again to get a point.

"We wanted to win, of course, but we have to be satisfied with this result against the European champions", Chicharito said. Too bad for Portugal as they left a stoppage time goal and Mexico earned a 2-2 draw.

Video Assistant Review technology came into play twice, denying Portugal a goal and also allowing a goal.

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