Portugal, Mexico, Russia tussle for semi-final berths

Mexico and New Zealand Players Clash

Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal teammates made it look so easy as the European champions comfortably dispatched New Zealand 4-0 to reach the Confederations Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

"The team played their hearts out and I don't think anyone here tonight or in front of their television sets have any doubts about that". "They have some quality in the counter attack and they complicated life for Mexico a lot". The team played very well against a side playing at home with the support of their fans. "You take Ronaldo out of the team, you still have some world-class players in there as well".

But New Zealand manager, Anthony Hudson said his team started very well and stronger of the two teams and "never accepted the result". "In recent days we have worked only on our next opponents", Santos said yesterday.

Ronaldo was in the starting lineup despite coach Fernando Santos's suggestions he could rest his superstar, and he delivered Portugal's opening goal from the penalty spot before being substituted in the 67th minute. We are the only country that is not the champion of its respective continent.

Ronaldo twice threatened the New Zealand goal in quick succession, nodding straight at goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic on 24 minutes and then clattering the crossbar shortly after with another header from a Ricardo Quaresma cross. Portugal kicked off their Confederations Cup campaign with a 2-2 draw against South American giants Mexico. They have other top players. "At Euro 2016, we won four games and the fact that it was done in extra time shows our good preparation to play long games", he said.

Portugal's win came at a cost though, as Borussia Dortmund defender Raphael Guerreiro had to be helped off on 65 minutes with a suspected broken leg.


He joins Cristiano Ronaldo in that club and, naturally, the tournament superstar brought up yet another milestone with his 75th global goal.

With the Kiwis' tails up, Wood could have grabbed a second when he again got in behind the defence, but failed to control the ball as they took a one-goal lead into the break.

"We have a gameplan that we're going to stick to". They have scored two goals in both their matches, so a solid defensive effort from the hosts will be the main agenda. "Let's see. The exam results will tell us".

Russian Federation need to beat Mexico in Kazan to avoid their prospects hinging on a Portugal loss, while a point would be enough for the Mexicans to advance.

"We're very happy, it's the first time Portugal have won in Russian Federation".

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