Cedric Soares restored Portugal's lead on 86 minutes, but Hector Moreno's stoppage-time header salvaged a point for Mexico in their Group A opener. "There is no reason to be concerned, we have to think about the next match". "We played against a team at a high level". "There's no need to set off any alarms, the team was good".
The result left European champion Portugal and Gold Cup victor Mexico trailing host Russian Federation in Group A. Russian Federation opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday.
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.
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The Arsenal forward's dinked cross was met by Vidal, whose powerful header gave him a 23rd goal for his country. Vargas continued to see chances come and go, with his latest effort being deflected behind for a corner.
For his part, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was satisfied with his team's performance and particularly the way they kept Portugal's star man Ronaldo quiet - even if he did somewhat strangely still win man of the match for his only two pieces of positive intervention: hitting the crossbar and providing the assist for Ricardo Quaresma's opening goal.
Within 15 minutes Portugal had taken the lead, however, with Ronaldo, who has now scored or provided an assist in each of his last seven games for the national team, nearly inevitably at the heart of it.
"We played the European champions on equal terms, we generated chances but couldn't finish them", said Osorio. Portugal had a first-half goal by Nani disallowed after a video review, when the game was still scoreless. VAR can change the destiny of football - Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid and Ronaldo may not have been European champions if VaR was present.
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The first goal of the after noon came from Portugal's Quaresma with the assist by Ronaldo in the 34th minute. He scored the goal, which was largely down to Ronaldo, but his cool head made the chance exceptionally easy.
The Portugal captain could not control the ball to shoot but his brilliant pass between three defenders left Quaresma free to round keeper Guillermo Ochoa and tap into the empty net.
Ronaldo made a great run from near midfield to set up Quaresma's 34th-minute goal.
With time running out, Southampton right-back Cedric pounced on a loose ball and slammed home Portugal's second goal.
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Zverev, the sixth seed, appeared the stronger server and took the first set tie-break as Lopez found the net too often. Lucas Pouille joins Lopez in the final four as he beat Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.