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Infantino: Not time to think about future of Confed Cup

Infantino: Not time to think about future of Confed Cup

Russian city of Kazan is the setting for the second match of the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2017 Confederations Cup between European champions Portugal and CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico.

Portugal's next game in the Confederations Cup is against hosts Russian Federation on Wednesday before the European champions conclude Group A against New Zealand on Saturday.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo teed up Ricardo Quaresma to fire Portugal ahead in the first half in Kazan, but the goal was cancelled out before the break by Mexico striker Javier Hernandez's bullet header.

Manager Fernando Santos has selected a strong squad, blending mainstays of the team such as Real Madrid megastar Ronaldo with exciting young talent like Bernardo Silva, who recently made a $55 million move from French side Monaco to Manchester City.

And two goals in the final five minutes signified a insane end to a thrilling game and while Portugal feel robbed, a draw was probably the just result. Portugal has won six of its last seven games. "But we are not anxious, there are two games left, we still have chances. They are a great team but we're pretty good too", the 56-year-old said.

He skipped the post-match press conference which he was supposed to attend as the man of the match.

After a stray touch in what is usually a scoring position for him, Ronaldo caught out the Mexican defence with a lovely reverse ball for Quaresma who showed composure to mug the goalkeeper and tap it home.

Mexico equalized less than 10 minutes later with a close-range diving header by Chicharito after Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro failed to clear a ball crossed into the area.

Nani's 21st minute goal was disallowed by video assistants because a Portugal player was offside in the build up to the goal.


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