Mexico force Cristiano Ronaldo captained Portugal to epic draw

Mexico equalized eight minutes later through a Javier Javier Hernandez diving header after poor defending by the Portuguese.

As ever though, much of the focus will be on Ronaldo - Portugal's record scorer on 73 goals - and who will perhaps face even more scrutiny given the recent tax scandal that has arisen in Spain, and that has led to rumors he is seeking a move away from the Bernabeu.

Selecao had the ball in the back of the net after 20 minutes through Pepe, but the Video Assistant Referee deemed the goal offside just moments before Ronaldo had struck the crossbar.

Portugal won 2-1 the only time it faced Mexico in an official match, in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

The equaliser arrived just before the halftime break for Mexico, as Vela picked out Hernandez, who sent a powerful header into the bottom corner.

"We played a team that has very good, technical players", he said. If they come to play, Ronaldo will surely do his part.

Ronaldo sprung the offside trap perfectly and drew in a couple of Mexican defenders to him near the edge of the box before deftly setting up Ricardo Quaresman for a simple finish in the 34th minute.

The result leaves the two nations with a point each, two points behind host nation, Russia, which opened their Confederations Cup account with a 2-0 win over New Zealand.

Mexico's squad has three players who have close connections to Portugal.

"Nothing is going to change", Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio said Saturday, a day before Portugal's Confederations Cup debut against Mexico in Kazan. Too bad for Portugal as they left a stoppage time goal and Mexico earned a 2-2 draw.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant. Mexico has only lost one game in its last five, its latest result was a 1-1 draw with the United States while its greatest victory was a 3-0 win against Honduras.

Silva, who has just moved from FC Porto to AC Milan in a transfer worth almost 40 million euros, has scored seven goals in eight games since his debut with the national team in a friendly against Gibraltar in September.

"Regarding Ronaldo, he is motivated, and what I can see is that he is taking the competition very seriously and is totally dedicated to training and thinking about the next game against Mexico", Silva told reporters ahead of the European champions' opening game.