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Sports World News of Sunday, 18 June 2017

Source: BBC.com

Frustration for Ronaldo as Portugal draws with Mexico

Ronaldo Mexico Cristiano Ronaldo set up the opening goal for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo set up the opening goal as his Portugal side were held to a draw by Mexico in their first game at the Confederations Cup in Russia.

Pepe had a goal disallowed for offside after a referral to the video assistant referees before Ricardo Quaresma sold the keeper a dummy and slotted in.

Javier Hernandez equalised with a low header from Carlos Vela's cross.

Cedric Soares' 86th-minute shot was deflected in, but Hector Moreno snatched a point in the 91st minute.

Mexico defender Moreno, who recently joined Italian side Roma from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, headed in off the post from a Jonathan dos Santos cross.

Earlier, Ronaldo had a header brilliantly tipped away by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa, while Gelson Martins - a target for Liverpool - fired just wide on the counter for Portugal.

On Friday, a source close to Ronaldo revealed the Real Madrid forward wants to leave Spain.

The source told BBC Sport that the 32-year-old is "upset" after being accused of tax fraud in the country, adding: "He feels he's honest, has good character and did everything OK."

Spanish prosecutors have accused Ronaldo of evading tax of 14.7 million euros (£13m), which he has denied.


On Saturday, hosts Russia beat New Zealand 2-0 in the other Group A fixture after Fifa president Gianni Infantino opened the tournament with a speech inside the St Petersburg Stadium, where Russian president Vladimir Putin and legendary Brazil footballer Pele were also in attendance.

Group B consists of Cameroon, Chile, Australia and world champions Germany.