Ronaldo confident ahead of Confederations Cup semifinals

Rosalie Stanley
June 26, 2017

In today's other match, European champions Portugal brushed aside New Zealand 4-0 at the St Petersburg Stadium.

Mexico also advanced by beating host Russian Federation 2-1 in Kazan on Saturday.

Ronaldo put Portugal ahead with a penalty kick in the 33rd minute.

However, it was the minnows who created the first clear-cut opportunity of the match with Leeds United forward Chris Wood forcing a decent save out of Rui Patricio, who got down well to his left.

After a spell of early pressure, Russian Federation took the lead when Samedov coolly slotted the ball beyond Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from the right side of the box just moments after Fedor Smolov had hit the post.

It did not take long for the European champions to double their advantage through Bernando Silva, who confidently found the back of the net after receiving a pass inside the penalty box.

However, Portugal will miss the service of defender Pepe as he booked his second yellow card while there will be a fitness concern for coach Fernando Santos as Bernardo Silva was substituted at half-time because of an ankle injury.

Andre Silva and Nani completed the All Whites' misery with two goals inside the last 10 minutes.

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"It was hard to play better than we played because the grass was not very good. I hope that our next matches will be played against top teams, we have won the hearts and minds to an extent in this month we have been together and we have some reasons to feel optimistic", he added.

Marinovic made impressive saves to deny Ronaldo, Andre Silva and Nani but was powerless stop Andre Silva when he collected the ball on the halfway line, ran at two defenders who backed off, and fired his shot into the far corner.

They are couples, friends, parents and children, just like you'd find anywhere else on the continent.

Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Portugal to go all the way in the Confederations Cup after reaching the semi-finals of the competition.

Mexico defender Nestor Araujo equalised in the 30th minute with a looping header.

Although Saudi Arabian referee Fahad Al Mirdasi bizarrely referred the incident to be reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) a couple of minutes after the event, he then kept his original decision not to award a foul.

Both Portugal and Mexico will know their semifinal opponents tomorrow after the Group B matches. "I'm very happy to be in the semifinals".

"Passions are running high so it's not the time to come to any conclusions", he added. With every game I am convinced he is becoming more experienced.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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