Late Moreno Leveller Denies Portugal Debut Confederations Cup Victory

FIFA Confederations Cup 2017

Group A

June 18th

Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia

portugal 2-2 mexico

34′ Quaresma

42′ Hernández

86′ Soares

90’+1′ Moreno


Mexico’s Héctor Moreno’s stoppage-time equaliser denied Portugal a debut victory in what was their first game in the FIFA Confederations Cup as the European Champions were pegged back twice to draw 2-2 at the Kazan Arena.

The new Roma signing headed home in the 91st minute after Southampton’s Cédric Soares looked to have scored the winner for Portugal, who had earlier led through Ricardo Quaresma, whose goal was cancelled out by former Manchester United striker Javier Hernández.

After quite an evenly contested first 20 minutes the European Champions thought they had taken the lead when Pepe headed home André Gomes’ follow-up strike after a Ronaldo effort from-range rattled the bar. However the referee opted to use the Video Assitant Referee system before coming to the decision that Pepe was in an offside position.

In the 29th minute Mexcio went close when Carlos Vela curled a freekick just wide.

Three minutes later Portugal almost found the net when Mexico’s Carlos Salcedo miscued a clearing-header from a William Carvalho cross to nearly score an own-goal but Guillermo Ochoa made a terrific save to tip the ball over the bar and spare his teammate’s blushes.

Two minutes later the European Champions found the opener when Ronaldo played Quaresma through on-goal after Salcedo lost his footing and the winger took a touch to beat Ochoa before tapping home into the unguarded net.

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Ricardo Quaresma celebrates after putting Portugal ahead. Image from: Getty

Three minutes later Mexico had a good chance to level the scores when Hernández met a Vela cross with a header but it was straightforward for Rui Patrício.

Two minutes later Portugal went close to doubling their lead when Ronaldo found Quaresma, who cut-inside before eventually firing inches wide.

Three minutes before the break, the North and Central American Champions drew level. After a poor error from Raphaël Guerreiro, who misjudged a cross, Vela found Hernández with a cross and the Bayer Leverkusen striker bravely headed home with a diving-header.

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Javier Hernández celebrates with teammates after levelling the scores. Image from: Getty

The Mexicans had a great chance to take the lead on the stroke of half-time when Vela found Raúl Jiménez, whose pull-back found Hernández, who fired the ball over the bar.

In the 79th minute Portugal went close to going in front when Ronaldo teed up Quaresma, but his half-volley from-range was comfortable for Ochoa.

In the 84th minute the European Champions had a good chance when substitute André Silva met a Guerreiro cross with a header that looked destined for the bottom-corner but Ochoa brilliantly palmed the effort away.

Two minutes later Portugal took the lead. Substitute Gelson Martins’ pull-back ricocheted off Héctor Herrera into the path of Soares, whose effort deflected home off the Porto midfielder.

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Cédric Soares celebrates after putting Portugal back in front. Image from: Getty

Two minutes later the European Champions went close to extending their lead when André Silva found Martins, who did well to take the ball in his stride before firing just wide.

Mexico rarely threatened the Portugal goal-mouth in the second-half but in the first of three additional minutes, they found an equaliser. Moreno met Jonathan Dos Santos’ corner with a header that clipped the post before finding the back of the net.

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Héctor Moreno celebrates after his late goal rescues a point for Mexico. Image from: Getty

The result meant that Portugal are third in Group A on a point, behind Mexico and Russia, who lead the table on three points.

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