Manchester City's Bernardo Silva scores for Portugal against New Zealand

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva scores for Portugal against New Zealand

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva scores for Portugal against New Zealand

Late in the game, a tired-looking defense failed to close down Andre Silva and then Nani who both made space to shoot and score.

Russian Deputy Prime minister and President of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Vitaly Mutko said on Friday he has no doubts the Russia vs Mexico 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage match is going to be interesting.

"I am proud of what my team did, it's normal to have to suffer at this level, but we deserved to win", said Osorio.

New Zealand will be looking to replicate their fine performance in that 2-1 defeat to Mexico against the talent-laden Portuguese. "We never stopped. We created chances, we put them under pressure, so we could have got a little more out of this tournament", he told reporters.

Group winners and runners-up proceed to the semi-finals of the Cup, which will start on Wednesday, June 28, at 2 p.m. EDT.

Despite the off-field disruption, Ronaldo picked up the man-of-the-match award in Portugal's opening 2-2 draw with Mexico on Sunday.

Osorio is certain to be without midfielder Carlos Salcedo, who suffered a shoulder injury in the game against New Zealand.

This was Ronaldo's seventy-fourth goal for his country.

If Ronaldo is indeed rested, New Zealand are sure to breathe a massive sigh of relief.

While acknowledging Ronaldo's status, New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson was keen to stress that even without him, the European champions will pose a serious test for his already-eliminated side.

Yesterday's match was marred by a number of ugly incidents including a brawl near the end of the match as New Zealand were pressing for an equaliser.

The All Whites took the lead through Chris Wood but second-half strikes from Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta settle the game in the Gold Cup winners' favour.

Russian Federation fans have boosted attendance figures during these finals and it is expected to be a close-to-capacity crowd at Kazan Arena, but head coach Cherchesov has no doubt that there renewed backing for his players will continue regardless of the result.

"We fight to do our best, to take the name of Portugal as far as possible, always respecting the opponents".

Other teams in Group A includes Mexico and the host, Russia. "Not only here, but also at home in World Cup qualifiers we will be playing in the future". "We know very much what we need to do".

What was perhaps odd was Saudi Arabian referee Fahad Al Mirdasi pulled the game back a couple of minutes after the incident for it to be reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

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