Soares’s goal had to be confirmed by video review, but it stood. An apparent first-half goal by Portugal’s Nani was disallowed after a video review, when the game was scoreless.
“In the end, it was a well-deserved result after how we played today,” Mexico Coach Juan Carlos Osorio said. “We faced the European champions, a team that plays at a very high level, and we played equal to them. It was a great result for Mexican football.”
Mexico controlled possession and spent more time on Portugal’s side of the field, but Portugal was a constant threat on the counterattack in front of 34,372 fans at Kazan Arena.
Portugal Coach Fernando Santos said it was not the performance he expected from his team.
“We know we didn’t play well,” he said. “Mexico was better, more aggressive. We played without confidence, couldn’t connect two or three passes. It was a fair result for how the teams played.”
Ronaldo played well and assisted on the first goal but did not score.
Ronaldo made a great run from near midfield to set up Quaresma’s 34th-minute goal. Ronaldo carried the ball into the penalty area but was surrounded by three defenders, so he passed to Quaresma, who was free on the far side of the box. Quaresma used one touch to fake Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, then easily found the open net.
Mexico tied the match less than 10 minutes later with a close-range diving header by Chicharito after Portugal defender Raphaël Guerreiro failed to clear a ball. Mexico midfielder Carlos Vela got to the ball near the far post and sent it to Chicharito for the goal.
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