Mexico held European champions Portugal for a 2-2 draw in their Confederation Cup opener on Sunday with a last minute equalizer from Hector Moreno after Cedric seemed to have won the game for the European champions with a goal five minutes from time.
Portugal had an early effort controversially disallowed by the video referees but they eventually took the lead after 34 minutes through Ricardo Quaresma after a mistake by Carlos Salcedo let Cristiano Ronaldo through on goal.
The Portugal skipper 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.
“When Cristiano was able to run, that put Mexico on alert and we should have done that more often,” Santos said after the game in his only reference to Portugal’s talisman. “But our players aren’t machines.”
Mexico equalized eight minutes later through a Javier Javier Hernandez diving header after poor defending by the Portuguese. Raphael Guerreiro miskicked a cross into the box, allowing Carlos Vela to play the ball back in for Hernandez to score.
Portugal looked to have won when Cedric fired home a deflected shot but Moreno headed home a corner in added time to give Mexico a share of the points.
After pulling out a draw against the Portuguese, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said, “We were at least as good as they were and they’re the current European champion.”
Portugal side, which has a pull of talented youngsters, must accommodate them before the clash against Russia on 21 June, on Wednesday.
(With agency inputs)