Mexico wins Confederations Cup match; brawl is a tie

Pauline Gross
June 22, 2017

The 32-year-old did, at least, attend the obligatory press conference for the victor of the award - he skipped it altogether on Sunday in Kazan - but refused to answer any questions, instead reading out a couple of bland lines about the match itself .

Despite the off-field disruption, Ronaldo picked up the man-of-the-match award in Portugal's opening 2-2 draw with Mexico on Sunday.

NAN reports that Portugal claimed their first victory at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 after defeating Russian Federation 1-0 in front of a crowd of 42,759 in Moscow on Wednesday evening. Group rivals Mexico and New Zealand meet later in Sochi.

Ronaldo said he was "very happy with the result", considering that "we played against the home crowd".

"It's the first time Portugal has won in Russian Federation and I think the team played very well".

"He was hospitalized and we think he broke his leg", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said, with later reports indicating it was a pre-existing injury.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has apologised after television cameras caught him using an expletive during Wednesday's ill-tempered Confederations Cup match against New Zealand.

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Akinfeev then saved Ronaldo's free-kick and was also on his guard in the 32nd against the Real Madrid star.

The on-pitch fracas involved so many players that the referee had to go to touchline to assess the skirmishes on a screen, rather than just relying on video replay assistants.

Borussia Dortmund's Guerreiro had to limp off injured midway through the second half and was taken to hospital with a suspected ankle fracture, according to Santos.

Portugal, who occasionally threatened on the counter, had to sweat it out until the end but Dzhikya headed just over the bar in stoppage time as Portugal escaped another late equalizer.

"In the first half, we played very well, with a lot of personality, " he said.

"If I was a big team in world football and we were taken right to the edge by a smaller team like New Zealand there's a certain amount of discomfort there and big pressure".

"We certainly did not feel nervous, " he said.

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