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.

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Real Madrid v Liverpool

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  • Real have won just one of their last four Champions League meetings against English opposition
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Real Madrid have lifted the Champions League in three of the past four seasons but they could struggle to retain their crown against a lively Liverpool. Real have been the dominant force in Europe, with last year’s 4-1 thumping of Juventus in the final in Cardiff showcasing their superiority. However, Zinedine Zidane’s men have not bumped into a front three like the Reds’ often - Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have netted 29 of their 40 Champions League goals this season - and they are vulnerable to the counter-attack.

 

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