This year's FIFA Confederations Cup group stage matches against Portugal and Mexico are not promising to be easy for the Russian national team as both have no room for mistake, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chairman Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Sunday after a Portugal vs Mexico match that ended in a 2-2 draw.
Hector Moreno snatched a stoppage-time equaliser as Mexico denied Portugal victory in their opening Confederations Cup match.
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Portugal looked to have won when Cedric fired home a deflected shot but Moreno headed home a corner in added time to give Mexico a share of the points.
Mexico will now turn their attention to New Zealand for their match on Wednesday in Sochi.
'We also managed to keep Cristiano Ronaldo in check.
"The thing that they have most in common is always to try to take the initiative in games and play attacking football, whoever the opponent is", said recent Roma signing.
"It's the new rule, and if it brings benefits to football, that's fine", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. They scored in the last few minutes and now we think of the next game.
Although Mexico had more possession, Ochoa was the busier of the two keepers and the Europeans could have taken all three points had the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) not controversially disallowed Nani's first-half goal for offside.
Of greater outcome was the astute piece of vision later in the first half, which set up Ricardo Quaresma for a strike that counted, even if the speed and power that used to characterize Ronaldo initially failed him. Pepe is there for the scramble afterwards to put it over the line. but the ref asks to check if Pepe is offside, and the video assistant let him know he was.
Ronaldo obliged after Carlos Salcedo made an error to allow him in on goal before finding Quaresma in acres of space who collected the ball calmly before waltzing past Guillermo Ochoa to score the opener. "It was a fair result for how the teams played".
The problem Osorio and the players have is that Mexico rarely play top-ranked opposition - and even more rarely in an official competition outside of Europe - accentuating the hype and the need to constantly prove itself when the big games do swing around.
But with the 90 minutes up, Mexican defender Moreno rose highest from the final corner of the game to head in the equaliser.