SOCHI: Beyond one goal, there's the beach.
"It's going to be a tough game against the European champions, plus Ronaldo".
Ronaldo was named the man of the match after setting up Quaresma's opener and playing a key part in Portugal's second, meaning he was in line to appear at a post-match media conference.
'It was not the result we wanted, the team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minute, but this is football, ' he said. This is the debut of appeal judges to the replays on tournament of such rank.
"It's the new rule, and if it brings benefits to football, that's fine", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.
There were flash new boots and maverick hairstyles to mark the occasion - one of which came courtesy of Antoine Griezmann, who probably feels France should be competing - while New Zealand striker Chris Wood got a special tribute to mark an impressive milestone. Upon emerging for the warm-up he greeted a particularly enthusiastic section of the Kazan Arena crowd with a cursory nod of the head; there was serious work to be done and, after a sloppy start by Portugal, he eventually asserted a measure of influence. However, the VAR disallowed the goal for an offside infringement earlier in the move.
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But the newly introduced Video Assistant Referee called the referee's attention to Nani being in an offside position, leading to the goal being ruled out. He scored the goal, which was largely down to Ronaldo, but his cool head made the chance exceptionally easy.
New Zealand suffered a narrow 2-1 loss when they faced Mexico in a friendly in Tennessee last October and Hudson takes considerable heart from that performance. "We are calm and thinking about the next game". "But our players aren't machines". Cristiano Ronaldo ran at the Mexican defense before finding Quaresma for an easy finish.
Substitute Cedric Soares looked like being the European champions' hero with his 86th-minute deflected shot, but Moreno's header from a corner spoiled the Southampton defender's celebration of his first worldwide goal.
"We played against Mexico in October away from home in front of 40-odd thousand Mexico fans and in that game we competed really well, we caused them a lot of problems", said the well-travelled former Newport County and Bahrain boss.
Mexico fully deserved a share of the spoils against Portugal as a reward for taking the game to the European champions, head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has said. In general play he had a point and that is a concern for a Portugal side that needs to show soon that it can accommodate its exceptional young talent. "Mexico was better, more aggressive".