Host Russia exits Confederations Cup after loss to Mexico

Tabitha Dunn
June 27, 2017

Ronaldo's goal was his 75th with Portugal, taking him level with Sandor Kocsis in second on the list of global goals for European players, and he said he was happy to contribute.

New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, who helped Unterhaching win promotion from the German fourth division last season, kept the score down with a superb second-half display.

Hirving Lozano's courageous second-half header sealed Mexico's comeback victory over 10-man Russian Federation in Kazan.

"One of the things we probably learned in this tournament is you get punished for your mistakes", New Zealand coach Hudson said after the result. At 2-0 down we could quite easily have tried to keep it respectable, tried to keep the scoreline down. "But we are confident", Ronaldo said in Portuguese.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ronaldo emerged man of the match played at Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg (RUS) on Saturday.

Hosts Russia took a deserved 25th-minute lead in Kazan through Aleksandr Samedov, but Nestor Araujo equalised for Mexico with a looping header on the half hour.

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.

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Portugal and Mexico have booked their places in the semifinal stage of the ongoing FIFA Confederation Cup taking place in Russian Federation.

"I think it can be fine-tuned over time so that decisions can be made more quickly", the German coach said.

The Real Madrid superstar enjoyed a stunning sequence of games to end his 2016-17 campaign, netting 16 times in his final 10 fixtures.

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

Bernardo has certainly had a stop-start introduction to senior worldwide life but this, his second goal in his 14th cap, was a significant moment and his presence coming off the flank lends Portugal more fluidity between the lines. "We are building a team that is showing that it can play against any opponent in any situation".

Mexico finished second in Group A with seven points, behind Portugal on goal difference. Shots in the sixth and 76th minutes lacked power to test goalkeeper Rui Patricio, and defender Bruno Alves blocked a low shot at the far post in the 59th.

"I'm confident that all the players who've taken part in the tournament will draw on the experience to develop and mature", he said.

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