Portugal 2-2 Mexico: El Tri scores dramatic late equalizer to spoil Ronaldo's day
Hector Moreno scored a header late to earn a 2-2 draw for Mexico
A goal in the 91st minute by Hector Moreno earned Mexico a dramatic 2-2 draw with Portugal in their Confederations Cup opener on Sunday. After taking an early lead and seeing it evaporate just before half time, Portugal battled throughout the match and looked to have secured all three points on a goal from Cedric in the 86th minute, but El Tri dug deep and finished off a late corner to split the points.
Here's how it went down:
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo got sent through just after the half-hour mark, before dancing around in the box and setting up Ricardo Quaresma to make it 1-0:
Creative in the attack, Mexico scored the equalizer in the 42nd minute off a diving header by Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who was assisted by Carlos Vela following an error by the Portuguese defense:
Portugal was sharper in the final half an hour and got a goal from Cedric in the 86th minute:
Cedric's goal looked to have been the breakthrough Portugal needed, but Mexico did not cave in. Going forward and with numbers, Mexico won a corner and made the reigning Euro champions pay with a lovely header off the post and into the back of the net by Roma newboy Moreno.
With that, the result now gives both of the teams one point, a fair result. Russia leads Group A with three, while New Zealand has zero.
This was a match either could have won, but Mexico will be more pleased with the result than Portugal will be. Still lots of work left for either to do, with two winnable matches left in the group stage for each.
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