Confederations Cup 2017: Late drama ensues as Mexico battle to hold Portugal

An entertaining encounter also saw an adjudication from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), who chalked off a Pepe goal for offside. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless.

In all, being used for the first time, the VAR process was relatively quick, seamless, and accurate.

Hector Moreno (who Roma acquired for 6 million euros) scored the 2-2 goal in stoppage time as he beat Fonte and headed home from a corner-kick.

With this draw, Portugal and Mexico are in second and third place, respectively, in Group A with one point each.

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The 32-year-old set up his side's opener with a superb assist and the European champions appeared to be heading for three points when Cedric Soares' deflected effort looped in.

Russian Federation play Portugal and Mexico take on New Zealand on Wednesday.

"In the end it was a well-deserved result after how we played today", Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said.

Nani was already celebrating with his teammates when Argentine referee Nestor Pitana asked for the ball and indicated the goal was being reviewed. Mexico dominated possession, with 61 percent over the 90 minutes, but it was Portuguese who looked to have more punch.

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There was huge focus on Ronaldo after news broke on Friday of his desire to leave Real Madrid and quit Spain for good because of his unhappiness at a tax investigation against him, but he frequently cut an isolated figure up front due to Portugal coach Fernando Santos' cautious tactics.

Carlos Vela crossed for Hernandez to finish from close range after an error from Raphael Guerreiro and the goal gave Mexico the jolt of confidence it badly needed, with the game on the verge of slipping away and Ronaldo looking in a menacing mood. But a late header from Moreno secured the 2-2 draw in injury time, giving a precious point to Mexico.

Vela pinged the ball back across goal to capitalise upon the poaching abilities of Mexico's all-time leading goalscorer Javier Hernandez.

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

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"If we have a free afternoon perhaps one or two of us will go over there", Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich said.

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