Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star reacts to Portugal draw in Confederations Cup

Some sloppy passing play was as exciting as things got in the opening period, before the game was lit up following a Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick.

(AP Photo/Martin Meissner). Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo looks down in the shadow during a training session at the Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. "Of course it would be a dream to win it", Ronaldo said in January, since when he has powered Madrid to glory both in La Liga and in the Champions League.

"He is concentrating on playing for the national team and he wants to give the motivation to have a good tournament".

However, the goal was ruled out less than a minute later as the referee used the Video Assistant Referee to check Pepe's positioning when the ball had been fed back into the box from Ronaldo's free-kick.

After seeing Russian Federation defeat New Zealand on Saturday's Confederations Cup opener, Portugal and Mexico will be confident of securing six points from their remaining two games and being involved in the semifinals. Since I began playing on big stages I always imagined playing alongside him.

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Joao Moutinho (Andre Silva 58), William Carvalho, Andre Gomes, Nani (Martins 58), Ronaldo, Quaresma.

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

Silva has been compared to a young Fernand Torres, the former Spain striker now playing for Atletico Madrid.

His prowess in front of goal have put him on the radar of Liverpool and Bayern.

In addition to being an idol, Ronaldo also serves as a mentor for the talented young forward.

"I can only tell you that with the squad Portugal brought, it's basically the best team they could have, apart from Renato Sanches". "We are calm and thinking about the next game".

A last gasp header by Hector Moreno helped Mexico secure a vital point against European Champions Portugal in the second match of Group A at the ongoing 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.

The duo scored goals in the same match three other times - World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and the Faroe Islands.

Portugal were slow to find their feet, taking 20 minutes to get Ronaldo involved with a free-kick struck into the wall, the Madrid man then cannoning a fine left-footed effort off the crossbar when the ball broke his way again following a half-cleared cross. It was only Silva's third match. We've prepared thoroughly and we just have to expect that the players play properly and execute the game plan. "He is an idol, even for us players", admitted veteran defender Bruno Alves, the 35-year-old who has just signed for Scottish club Rangers.

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