Portugal goal against Mexico annulled after video review

It will be European champion Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo in top form, taking on Gold Cup victor Mexico in a game that is likely to decide the group victor.

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo will put speculation over his club future firmly to one side as he leads European champions Portugal into their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico in Kazan on Sunday.

Mexico's all-time leading goal scorer Javier Hernandez pulled one back for his side with a classic flying-header in the 42nd minute with both teams going into the break 1-1.

Portugal, which made it to the tournament after beating host France in the Euro 2016 final, is in Group A along with Russia, New Zealand and Mexico.

Russian Federation have conceded 10 goals in their last five matches, at a rate of two goals per game on average, proving their defence is struggling to keep teams at bay.

The first goal of the after noon came from Portugal's Quaresma with the assist by Ronaldo in the 34th minute.

Ronaldo reportedly wants to leave Real after being accused by Spanish prosecutors of defrauding the authorities of €14.7 million (US$16.5 million, RM17.4 million) in tax through offshore companies. "But football is a team sport and I think that we have a great squad to confront him".

Soares' goal had to be confirmed by video review but it eventually stood.

It took at least 30 seconds for Vargas's goal in second-half stoppage time to be confirmed after Alexia Sanchez was judged not to have been in an offside position earlier in the move. We've prepared thoroughly and we just have to expect that the players play properly and execute the game plan. "I have a pact with the players and we treat these personal matters away from the national team".

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

Ronaldo has not spoken to the media in Kazan and his staff said it would not comment about the recent issues involving the player. We played without confidence, couldn't connect two or three passes. Miguel Layún started the attack with a switch to Carlos Vela, who created enough space for himself to play a cross. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Andre Silva and Bernardo Silva make Portugal a serious threat in this competition.

Video replays were again consulted, but no change was made to the initial decision to award the goal.

Neither team could get a foothold on the game as it got underway once more, Portugal's next best chance before the hour mark being Pepe nodding wide from a good cross, only to see the offside flag raised anyway.

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