Scoring Specialist Hector Moreno Rescues Mexico In 2-2 Draw With Portugal

Russian Federation trumped New Zealand 2-0 in their group opener on Sunday, but Portugal weren't as lucky, allowing Mexico to come back in a dramatic game that finished 2-2 to leave Group A nicely poised.

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

Ricardo Quaresma and Andres Cedric scored for Portugal in the Group A game while Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Hector Moreno scored Mexico's goals.

Moreno made it 2-2 in the 90th minute off a corner for Mexico with a flawless header when the Portuguese thought they had won.

'I understand why the crowd chants and I don't think the interpretation made internationally is right, ' Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said ahead of Wednesday's Group A match against New Zealand at the Confederations Cup.

Russian Federation are taking nothing for granted after overcoming New Zealand in their opening match and are well aware of the need to make adjustments when they take on altogether more challenging opponents in Portugal.

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The questions around this centre on character, on the ability to withstand events that go against you. "If we are as committed as we were today, we can get the three points".

Mexico face New Zealand today in Sochi in their second Confederations Cup match.

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"We want to look at it with tranquillity as we don't know if this point will be good or not until we play the remaining two group stage matches and we know if we qualify for the semi-finals".

After Portugal's defensive frailties were exposed against Mexico, Santos could inject some pace in midfield by starting with Gelson Martins, Nelson Semedo and Andre Silva. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless.

Prior to that, Portugal had twice taken the lead in the contest.

It had seemed as though Cedric had handed all three points to the European champions when he fired Portugal in front in the 85th minute but Mexico and Moreno had other ideas.

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The two sides met most recently in a friendly in October 2016 and Mexico narrowly prevailed 2-1.

This won't be the last of the teething problems, but hopefully a way to get the balance right emerges from the Confederations Cup.

"It wasn't the result that we wanted", he said. "We faced the European champions, a team that plays at a very high level, and we played equal to them".

"If we don't win this game, or we lose, that is probably it for the tournament".

Their 5-3-2 system enables them to defend with numbers and as they look to stifle Cristiano Ronaldo and co, they will have to hit the Iberians on counters as possession will be hard to come by on Thursday.

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