It was the first group stage match for Mexico and Portugal, and it turned out to be as good as advertised. Plenty of drama and talking points between the two sides, as they look to take control of their own destiny moving forward.
Here’s how it went down…
Mexico opened the match with most of the possession, in fact, Portugal only managed a few counters in the first 15 minutes. However, the counters Portugal orchestrated proved to be dangerous.
In the 34th minute, Carlos Salcedo mistimed a clearing header and it went straight to none other than Cristiano Ronaldo. His run drew three defenders, and by the time Mexico realized it, Ricardo Quaresma walked the ball into the back on the net.
Mexico didn’t stumble after going down 0-1. They continued to push on, and in the 42nd minute, Carlos Vela found Chicharito in the box for the tying goal just before half.
The second half had similarities with the first, in that Mexico had a lot of possession. Yet, it was easy to see Portugal getting more confident in their attack.
In the 86th minute, Portugal got what looked like the game winner from Cédric Soares. It was a strike to the heart of Mexico, who had been playing very well in the opening match of their group stage.
However, a 90th minute corner sent in from Jonathan dos Santos found the head of Héctor Moreno to give El Tri the game tying goal, splitting points with the favorites of the group.
Mexico will next take on New Zealand on Wednesday, June at 1:00 P.M. Eastern. New Zealand is coming off a 0-2 defeat against host Russia. Mexico will need to take care of business, as the final match of the group stage will be pivotal for advancing.