Portugal sees Ronaldo fully focused on Confederations Cup

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Portugal vs Mexico was the Confederations Cup offering on Sunday, and it was indefinitely more watchable than the opening game between Russian Federation and New Zealand.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid striker, who is in Russian Federation as Portugal prepare for their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico, is said to be "outraged" after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of 14.7million euros (£12.8million).

After seeing Russian Federation defeat New Zealand on Saturday's Confederations Cup opener, Portugal and Mexico will be confident of securing six points from their remaining two games and being involved in the semifinals.

Cristiano Ronaldo fed Ricardo Quaresma through for the opener in Russian Federation, but Javier Hernandez equalised for Mexico before the break.

Within 15 minutes Portugal had taken the lead, however, with Ronaldo, who has now scored or provided an assist in each of his last seven games for the national team, nearly inevitably at the heart of it.

Hector Moreno's stoppage time header for Mexico ensured the points were shared with Portugal. "We nearly had the game won but we suffered in the final minutes. He is an idol, even for us players", admitted veteran defender Bruno Alves, the 35-year-old who has just signed for Scottish club Rangers.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said it was not the performance he expected from his team. The first goal was an example of that and showcased a moment of brilliance from Ronaldo.

"We were at least as good as they were and they're the current European champion", said the Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio. "In the end the result was fair as Mexico also played well".

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The 32-year-old was obliged to appear in front of the cameras after being named as FIFA's official man of the match at the Kazan Arena in Russian Federation.

Ronaldo made a great run from near midfield to set up Quaresma's 34th-minute goal.

Ronaldo burst forward, putting the Mexico defence on the back foot, before tracking back and picking out partner in crime Ricardo Quaresma with a deft through-ball in the area. The veteran forward used one touch to clear goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and then easily found the open net.

Regretting a missed chance by Ronaldo seconds earlier, Raphael Guerreiro was made to pay for mis-timing his jump from a Mexico cross, allowing Carlos Vela to dink the ball up for Hernandez to head home.

But the newly introduced Video Assistant Referee called the referee's attention to Nani being in an offside position, leading to the goal being ruled out.

Just eight minutes later, Javier Hernandez scored the equalizer for Mexico.

"It wasn't the result that we wanted", said Ronaldo.

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