Portugal thrash New Zealand, reach Confederations Cup semis

Portugal thrash New Zealand, reach Confederations Cup semis

Portugal thrash New Zealand, reach Confederations Cup semis

Mexico have progressed to the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup after claiming a 2-1 win over hosts Russian Federation in their final group game.

Hosts Russia have been knocked out by Mexico in the FIFA Confederations Cup, after going down 1-2 in the last group match played today. Three times he arrowed the ball too close to New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, who leaped to push one first-half effort against the crossbar.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, is challenged by New Zealand's Michael Boxall during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal, at the St. Petersburg Stadium, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Portugal is set to face the Group B runner-up on June 28, while Mexico will square off against the Group B victor on June 29.

Mexico finished second in Group A on seven points, behind Portugal on goal difference.

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It was a typically efficient performance from Portugal, who never looked in danger despite a sluggish start.

Along with veteran Bruno Alves, Pepe has been key in Portugal's style which has long relied on a solid defensive set up that allows Ronaldo the freedom to thrive in the attack.

Hudson was a blend of disappointment but admiration for his squad after man of the match Cristiano Ronaldo led the European champions to a convincing victory in St Petersburg on Saturday (Sunday NZ time). Zirkhov earn the first red card of the tournament, after fouling a Mexican player. "You have to try to reach the goal and prevent them from scoring".

The strategy helped Ronaldo get his 75th worldwide goal and Portugal an ultimately easy 4-0 win at the Confederations Cup on Saturday.

The 33-year-old defender made a strong run to byline, pulling back for Bernardo Silvo's clinical finish.

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Portugal needed it as they took some time to get going.

"We knew it could be complicated because we had seen New Zealand play Mexico and the problems they caused the Mexicans", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.

Juan Carlos Osorio's side finished in second position with seven points behind Portugal (due to an inferior goal difference of +2) who also defeated New Zealand 3-0 to set up a semi-final clash with the victor of Group A. Play had continued for about 30 seconds before the game was stopped for the review. He has been a regular with the national team for more than a decade.

"I hope that all of the players who took part in these matches will use the experience to grow and develop", he said.

Portugal swiftly doubled their lead when Eliseu's risky low cross from the left was forced home by Silva, although there was brief concern for the new Manchester City signing as he landed awkwardly on his ankle.

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