Ronaldo's Portugal held by Mexico at Confed Cup

European Champions Portugal and Gold Cup kings Mexico played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in their opening Confederations Cup Group A match in the Russian city of Kazan. However the goal was ruled out after the three Video Assistant Referees reviewed it and found out a Portuguese player was in an offside position.

Cristiano Ronaldo and "Chicharito" Javier Hernandez were the stars of the first half, but the second half's two goals were scored by a pair of defenders.

Mexico's second half resistance was broken four minutes from time when Hector Herrera let the ball bounce off his foot and Cedric pounced, with the Southampton player's shot taking a deflection off Herrera on the way in.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid striker, who is in Russian Federation as Portugal prepare for their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico, is said to be "outraged" after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of 14.7million euros (£12.8million).

Along with Portugal and Mexico, Pool A includes Russian Federation and New Zealand. In its last two games, Portugal has won both games and outscored its opponents 7-0. "Of course it would be a dream to win it", Ronaldo said in January, since when he has powered Madrid to glory both in La Liga and in the Champions League. Portugal's lone loss in this span was a 3-2 defeat against Sweden at home. "If we win we're one step away".

Ronaldo's representatives have denied any wrongdoing.

But despite their bad tactical choices, Mexico fought back, winning a corner and converting from it in stoppage time.

"We are calm and we have to think about the next game". "We played against a team at a high level".

"Obviously you have team-mates you spend more time with - I have a good connection with Cedric Soares, Andre Gomes, Joao Moutinho, Bruno Alves, Pizzi and Adrien - but the list could go on because they are all my friends and it is a very good group".

"We were at least as good as they were and they're the current European champion", said the Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio.

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Portugal is not anxious about Cristiano Ronaldo being distracted at the Confederations Cup by talk of his possible departure from Real Madrid.

The assistants duly looked it over, and awarded what looked to be a correct offside decision against Portugal, disallowing the goal.

A few minutes after this, he was part of the build-up play which saw Portugal take a 2-1 lead late on.