The second day of the 2017 Confederations Cup was filled with controversy due to the new video refereeing system being introduced, this did not spoil the excitement that is football though.
The first game of the day saw Ronaldo’s Portugal take on Mexico, a goal disallowed by the video referee in the 20th minute would’ve seen Portugal take the lead but luckily minutes later Quaresma gave Portugal the lead.
In typical Mexican fashion they drew level at the break to make it 1-1, the ultimate opportunist Hernandez scoring the goal.
The second half was an exciting affair no team wanting to make any mistake at the back but the last 10 minutes saw the night heat up as Cedric the Portuguese defender score his first International goal in the 86th minute….after a nervy video review but the goal was allowed.
I think Quaresma had the Portuguese gameplan shaved on his head because The Mexicans cameback again in the dying seconds of the game. Hector Moreno in his 80th appearance for Mexico scored his 3rd goal for his country, a beautiful header to make it 2-2 in extra time.
This took me back to 2010 when Mexico broke a few South African hearts in that opening match with the equaliser.
The second match of the day it was a rather Chile night in Moscow for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
The first half ended 0 – 0 but Cameroon have never drawn a Confederations Cup game before and today would not be the first time as Chile scored twice in the space of 10 minutes, Vidal making it 1-0 in the 81st minute then Eduardo Vargas doubled Chile’s advantage (90 +2 ) to all, but secure victory for the South American champions.
The video referee played a crucial role in this game though disallowing a goal in the first half and overturning the referees decision for Chile’s second goal….this new system is going to be a talking point during this tournament.