Portugal held to draw in group opener

EUROPEAN champions Portugal were denied victory in their opening Confederations Cup game as Hector Moreno scored an injury-time goal for Mexico to make it 2-2.

The correct score was available to back at 18-1 before kick-off while punters who sided with Portugal at 6-5 must have though they were on to a winner when Southampton’s Cedric Soares put them 2-1 up in the 86th minute.

However, centre-back Moreno, whose move from PSV Eindhoven to Roma was confirmed earlier this month, bagged the equaliser for Mexico, leaving tournament hosts Russia two points clear at the top of Group A.

Ricardo Quaresma, a 9-1 shot, had given Portugal the lead before Mexico’s Javier Hernandez made it 1-1 but Cristiano Ronaldo – 2-1 ante-post favourite to be top goalscorer – drew a blank.

Match in Focus

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Atl Madrid v Chelsea

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  • Chelsea have won only one of their last five meetings with Atletico Madrid
Expert verdict
Atletico Madrid can triumph in their first European match at the Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico won the shots-on-target count 10-1 in their goalless draw at Roma and Diego Simeone’s troops have lost just one of their last 22 Champions League home matches, while Chelsea have won only three of their last 12 European away games.

 

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