CRISTIANO RONALDO failed to appear for the usual post-match interview after being named man-of-the-match for Portugal in their 2-2 draw with Mexico.
He was disappointed with the scoreline and urged his teammates to win the next game of the group.
"Tomorrow we have a very important game with Russia", Santos said with a pained expression when asked about Ronaldo.
"But we are not anxious, there are two games left, we still have chances". So we have to stay calm and think about the next game.
"We wanted to win, of course, but we have to be satisfied with this result against the European champions", Chicharito said.
A Portugal roster led by Cristiano Ronaldo awaits El Tri.
"I would like to say something on behalf of my players".
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A draw suits Mexico better as they prepare to face New Zealand next, but regardless, this was an enjoyable spectacle between two teams with ambitions of lifting the trophy and it will serve as a welcome tonic to the watching Infantino.
"We played a team that has very good, technical players", said Portugsl coach Fernando Santos.
Portugal celebrated, but the game was then held up as the referee waited for the assistant to check the replay, before the goal was ruled out roughly 40 seconds later because Pepe had been adjudged to be offside.
Despite the disappointing end with Moreno's goal, Santos believes a draw was a fair result.
The highly entertaining fixture saw Cristiano Ronaldo put through a sublime assist for Ricardo Quaresma who slotted home the opening goal in the 35th minute.
However, Portugal finally broke the deadlock four minutes from time when Cedric turned in from close range to apparently get the UEFA Euro 2016 champions off to a winning start in the group.
Russian Federation manager Stanislav Cherchesov, also present at the press conference, told reporters that Portugal's draw against Mexico did not represent an advantage to Russian Federation.
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