Ronaldo sets Portugal on way to Confederations Cup semis

Ronaldo sets Portugal on way to Confederations Cup semis

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.

The European champions came into the game in second behind Mexico in the group but ended on top by virtue of better goals difference.

The progress means Portugal are on course for a second trophy in two years, but will have to first pass their semi-final test on Wednesday.

Real Madrid head honcho Mike Poncho Florentino Perez has said that Ronaldo is "very angry" after being accused of tax fraud, but he does not expect him to join Manchester United.

Coach Fernando Santos is not concerned about which team is up next for Portugal, with Group B to be decided on Sunday.

It was 2-0 four minutes later when Bernardo Silva slipped a shot into an unguarded goal after neat play on the left flank between Ricardo Queresma and Eliseu.

Ronaldo was the one to break the deadlock, dispatching an emphatic penalty beyond Stefan Marinovic to score on the 30th birthday of nemesis Lionel Messi.

Mexico dominated possession early on but Russian Federation went ahead fortuitously when Samedov beat goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa just inside the far post after Mexico had failed to clear a header and midfielder Aleksandr Erokhin missed the ball as he was trying to shoot.

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The former Monaco winger had to go off right after with an ankle injury picked up from scoring the goal.

The Russian players gathered in the middle of the pitch to salute fans after the final whistle and were applauded by the crowd.

The hosts will have vocal home support as their captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is set to make his 100th global appearance.

Forward Andre Silva wrapped up the comfortable victory with a fierce angled finish on 80 minutes and Nani added a fourth in stoppage time.

Marinovic made impressive saves to deny Ronaldo, Andre Silva and Nani, but was powerless to stop Andre Silva or Nani late in the game.

A typically robust New Zealand team was outclassed at times and extended its winless Confederations Cup run to 12 games across four editions. Defender Michael Boxall and substitute Kosta Barbarouses also went close.

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson felt his side could return home with plenty to build on despite not being able to register a victory. United are also standing firmly behind their manager, with a club source declaring: "The manager has the club's full backing and can count on our support".

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