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Confederations Cup: Resilient Mexico holds Portugal

Portugal and Mexico played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in their opening FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 match in front of a crowd of 34,372 at the Kazan Arena on Sunday evening.
An evenly contested first half saw Portugal take the lead through Ricardo Quaresma after a fine set-up by captain Cristiano Ronaldo. Just before the break, Javier Hernandez equalised for Mexico after heading home Carlos Vela’s cross at the near post.
The European champions look to have won this Group A encounter in closing stages after Cedric restored their lead, but Mexico earned a share of the spoils when Hector Moreno headed home Jonathan Dos Santos’s corner in injury time.
As influential as ever, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo played his part in earning his side a point in Kazan on Sunday. The Real Madrid star set up the opening goal with a sublime pass that eluded three Mexican defenders.
The source told BBC Sport that the 32-year-old is “upset” after being accused of tax fraud in the country, adding: “He feels he’s honest, has good character and did everything OK.”
Spanish prosecutors have accused Ronaldo of evading tax of 14.7 million euros (£13m), which he has denied.
On Saturday, hosts Russia beat New Zealand 2-0 in the other Group A fixture after Fifa president Gianni Infantino opened the tournament with a speech inside the St Petersburg Stadium, where Russian president Vladimir Putin and legendary Brazil footballer Pele were also in attendance.

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