Soares’s goal had to be confirmed by video review, but it stood. An apparent first-half goal by Portugal’s Nani was disallowed after a video review, when the game was scoreless.

“In the end, it was a well-deserved result after how we played today,” Mexico Coach Juan Carlos Osorio said. “We faced the European champions, a team that plays at a very high level, and we played equal to them. It was a great result for Mexican football.”

Mexico controlled possession and spent more time on Portugal’s side of the field, but Portugal was a constant threat on the counterattack in front of 34,372 fans at Kazan Arena.

Portugal Coach Fernando Santos said it was not the performance he expected from his team.

“We know we didn’t play well,” he said. “Mexico was better, more aggressive. We played without confidence, couldn’t connect two or three passes. It was a fair result for how the teams played.”

Ronaldo played well and assisted on the first goal but did not score.

He garnered headlines last week after being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of defrauding the country’s tax authorities. A report by a Portuguese newspaper two days before Sunday’s game said that Ronaldo, a forward for Real Madrid, had made the “irreversible” decision to leave the Spanish team because he was upset with the allegations.

Portugal’s Cédric Soares, left, and Mexico’s Miguel Layún at Kazan Arena.

Darren Staples/Reuters

Ronaldo made a great run from near midfield to set up Quaresma’s 34th-minute goal. Ronaldo carried the ball into the area but was surrounded by three defenders, so he passed to Quaresma, who was free on the far side of the box. Quaresma used one touch to fake Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, then easily found the open net.

Mexico tied the match less than 10 minutes later with a close-range diving header by Chicharito after Portugal defender Raphaël Guerreiro failed to clear a ball. Mexico midfielder Carlos Vela got to the ball near the far post and sent it to Chicharito for the goal.

Soares scored late with a shot from inside the penalty area after Mexico midfielder Héctor Herrera lost the ball, and Moreno’s equalizer came with a firm header from close range after a corner kick.

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

Nani’s 21st-minute goal was disallowed by video assistants because a Portugal player was offside.

CHILE 2, CAMEROON 0 Arturo Vidal brushed off a disputed video review to give Chile a victory over Cameroon in a Confederations Cup match in Moscow.

Vidal’s 81st-minute header after a pass from the substitute Alexis Sánchez gave the South American champions a Group B win.

The Chileans thought they had taken the lead in first-half stoppage time when Eduardo Vargas slotted the ball past Fabrice Ondoa after a pass from Vidal.

The referee Damir Skomina awarded the goal, and Chile’s players began an elaborate celebration, but the decision was then sent for video review.

Players milled about in confusion, and Chile’s fans struggled to understand what was going on.

The review found Vargas was offside by a matter of inches, enraging him and Vidal, who angrily petitioned Skomina when he blew the whistle for halftime.

After Vidal put Chile ahead in the 80th, Vargas scored Chile’s second goal — but only after another review.

After Sánchez charged through the Cameroonian defense, his shot was denied by Ondoa, but Vargas scored on the rebound. The review found Sánchez had not been offside when he received the ball.

Continue reading the main story

Source link