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Ronaldo Focused On Russia Clash, Says Portugal's Coach

Ronaldo Focused On Russia Clash, Says Portugal's Coach

On the 21st minute there was a historic event in the history of football - the main referee Nestor Supply canceled goal Pepe, after consultation with videoassistance.

An evenly contested first half saw Portugal take the lead through Ricardo Quaresma after a fine set-up by captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Their advantage would last just eight minutes, as Mexico's record goalscorer Javier Hernandez met a right wing cross with a diving header to pull his team level on the verge of half-time.

Cedric Soares' 86th-minute shot was deflected in as Portugal appeared to be heading for three points, but Hector Moreno was able to snatch a point for the mexicans in the 91st minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo remains "extremely concentrated" on helping Portugal deliver the required result when they tackle Confederations Cup hosts Russian Federation in Moscow, according to coach Fernando Santos.

New Zealand are at the bottom of the group with no points.

"What fans have been waiting for over so many years is finally happening".




The second half provided little action until the introduction of Sanchez, his cross finding the vast aerial presence of Vidal for the game's first legitimate goal in the 81st minute. The veteran forward used one touch to clear goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and then easily found the open net.

But this time, after a few moments of deliberation, Skomina retrospectively allowed the goal to stand, based on the VAR decision that Sanchez was not in offside position.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the opener along with Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Gianni Infantino at Saint Petersburg's purpose-built World Cup 68,000-seater stadium.

Reigning World Cup winners Germany and Australia make up Group B, and they go head-to-head today.

The Confederations Cup, widely seen as a rehearsal for the upcoming FIFA World Cup began in St. Petersburg on June 17. "We want to send a big hug to everyone in Portugal for what they are going through, which is absolutely bad.

I think that will help because all we want to do is prepare well the team for each game and for the fans to enjoy each game".

The FIFA Player of the Year, who had scored 11 goals in seven games coming into Sunday's encounter, was perhaps not as influential as usual but was still named man-of-the-match.


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