Portugal goal against Mexico annulled after video review
- Author: Adam Floyd Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 0:07
Press Association Sport looks at the contribution of the 32-year-old, who is in the spotlight after appearing determined to quit Real Madrid and Spain over his unhappiness at a tax investigation.
Portugal's forward Ricardo Quaresma (L) and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate scoring the first goal in the nets of Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match between Portugal and Mexico at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 18, 2017.
Now the Madrid sports media is awash with headlines suggesting Ronaldo wants out of the Spanish champions, despite only signing a new contract through to 2021 in November. Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Eder were in the squad when Portugal won the European championship a year ago, with Eder scoring the extra-time victor in the final against host France, but none made it to Fernando Santos' squad for the Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up event. "We faced the European champions, a team that plays at a very high level, and we played equal to them".
"It goes without saying that he's a great player". "But soccer is a team sport and I think that we have a great squad to confront him".
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"Ronaldo is motivated", young Portugal forward Andre Silva said.
"I have the same confidence today", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said earlier this week. Portugal won 1-0 in a friendly in 2014.
Coming off a disappointing 1-1 draw with the United States at home in their most recent World Cup qualifying match, Mexico is faced with the hard task of trying to bounce back against one of the most competitive teams in the world.
"We wanted to win, of course, but we have to be satisfied with this result against the European champions", Chicharito said.
They will be led by former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez, still going strong at 38 - while Ronaldo will win his 140th cap in the game, Marquez will be making his 139th worldwide appearance.
The South Americans were hoping forward Alexis Sanchez would recover fully to play in the opener, but he's not fully fit.