Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo refused to press the panic button after the reigning European champions conceded a last-gasp leveller to draw their opening Confederations Cup clash 2-2 with Mexico in Kazan.
Ronaldo set up Ricardo Quaresma for Portugal’s opener, which was duly cancelled out by former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, while Hector Moreno snatched a late point for Mexico after a Cedric Soares strike.
As man of the match, Ronaldo was obliged to attend a formal press conference but failed to appear amid suggestions he was “undergoing treatment”. The 32-year-old instead spoke to world governing body Fifa’s official Youtube channel.
It would have been the first opportunity Ronaldo had to elaborate on reports linking him with a move away from Real Madrid after Spanish authorities accused him of tax fraud.
“It was not the result we wanted, the team had the game almost won and we conceded a goal in the last minutes, but that’s football,” said Ronaldo. “We are calm and thinking about the next game. There are no alarm bells ringing.”
The result left Mexico second in Group A and Portugal third following Russia’s 2-0 victory over New Zealand on Saturday.