Mexico vs. Portugal: Confederations Cup highlights, score

Doug Mendoza
June 18, 2017

Mexico's Javier Hernandez, second from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, .

"It's a dream to be playing with Ronaldo", Silva said ahead of Portugal's Confederation Cup debut against Mexico yesterday in Kazan, Russia.

However Portugal finally went in front in the 33rd minute when Ronaldo broke down the left and then squared the ball to Ricardo Quaresma, who rounded Ochoa and slotted the ball into an empty net.

The late drama took much of the focus away from Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo who, apart from the assist for Ricardo Quaresma's opener, failed to inspire his side.

Mexico's Javier Hernandez heads the ball during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Silva, who has just moved from FC Porto to AC Milan in a transfer worth almost 40 million euros (US$45 million), has scored seven goals in eight games since his debut with the national team in a friendly against Gibraltar in September past year.

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Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Eder were in the squad when Portugal won the European championship past 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.

Soares' goal had to be confirmed by video review but it eventually stood. The assistants duly looked it over, and awarded what looked to be a correct offside decision against Portugal, disallowing the goal.

The Euro 2016 winners took the lead on 34 minutes when Ronaldo sprinted into the box and his beautifully-timed pass found Quaresma unmarked in the area.

Ochoa made a great diving save in the 85th to keep young Portugal forward Andre Silva from scoring with a header.

But the assistant did not flag for the offense.

The referee was advised the video assistants were examining the goal and they spotted the offside player.

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