Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star reacts to Portugal draw in Confederations Cup

Doug Mendoza
June 19, 2017

This Sunday, June 18, 2017 (8:00 AM Pacific) Portugal will play Mexico at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia for a group stage match in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

An entertaining encounter also saw an adjudication from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), who chalked off a Pepe goal for offside.

Both sides subsequently came close to breaking the deadlock, and it looked like Cedric Soares had scored the winning goal for the Seleccao with just five minutes to go in the match.

Mexico's second half resistance was broken four minutes from time when Hector Herrera let the ball bounce off his foot and Cedric pounced, with the Southampton player's shot taking a deflection off Herrera on the way in.

Cristiano Ronaldo was kept out of the media spotlight in the wake of Portugal's 2-2 Confederations Cup draw on Saturday.

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).

Portugal's next game is on Wednesday at the Spartak Stadium against Russian Federation, while Mexico will face minnows New Zealand later on the same day at the Fisht Olympic Stadium. "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.

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'We are calm and we have to think about the next game.

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.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said it was not the performance he expected from his team. Hernandez scores - A awful error from Raphael gives Vela the ball on the right-hand side, in the box.

Ronaldo was also involved in one of the game's biggest talking points, a "goal" that was disallowed after consultation with the Video Assistant Referees.

Portugal regained the lead in the 86th minute through Cedric Soares' first senior global goal but Moreno's 91st minute header off the post ensured both nations shared the spoils.

In his next game, Silva scored a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands, when Ronaldo added one goal in another 6-0 victory. That being said, we know how risky Chicharito and Mexico can be.

Pitana and the linesman had initially allowed the goal, which would have put Portugal ahead 1-0 in their Group A opener.

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