Infantino: Not time to think about future of Confed Cup

Hope Soto
June 19, 2017

Fernando Santos sent Portugal out in a 4-4-2 formation on the Confederations Cup debut, with talisman and captain Cristiano Ronaldo leading the line alongside Nani but despite their obvious superiority on paper, they struggled to get a hold of the ball in the opening exchanges.

Mexico claimed a 2-2 draw with Portugal in their Confederations Cup opener on Sunday with a last-gasp equaliser by Hector Moreno after Cedric seemed to have won the game for the European champions with a goal five minutes from time. "There are no alarm bells ringing".

The result puts the sides level on one point each in Group A, behind hosts Russian Federation, who defeated New Zealand 2-0 in their opening game clash in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

Mexico controlled possession and spent more time in Portugal's area, but the Euro 2016 champions were a constant threat on the counterattack in front of 34,372 fans at the Kazan Arena.

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As well as Bernardo Silva, 21-year-old striker Andre Silva - who plays his club football for Porto and has netted 7 goals in just 8 global appearances - is another emerging star to watch in Russian Federation. The team said that he couldn't go because he was receiving post-game treatment, although it said it wasn't anything serious. The veteran forward used one touch to clear goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and then easily found the open net.

Mexico's all-time top scorer grabbed his 48th worldwide goal from 93 appearances after some terrible defending by Portugal. Just eight minutes later, Javier Hernandez scored the equalizer for Mexico.

El Tri, winners of the tournament in 1999, were roused from their stupor and responded, with Hernandez aka Chicharito diving to head home Vela's cross three minutes from half-time, after Portugal had made a mess of a routine clearance.

But referee Nestor Pitana reviewed Portugal's goal and the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled it out for offside.

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