Mexico relishing chance to show its worth against Russia

Confederations Cup: Fight erupts at Mexico v New Zealand – should there have been a red?

Confederations Cup: Fight erupts at Mexico v New Zealand – should there have been a red?

Cristiano Ronaldo's 75th worldwide goal helped lift Portugal to a comfortable 4-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia, and into the Confederations Cup semifinals.

"We started the game really well, and were the stronger of the two teams", said Hudson.

The Confederations Cup match between Portugal and New Zealand will be broadcast live on FS1 and the FoxSoccer2Go apps, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions.

Vasin added: "I don't think I have anything interesting to say on the subject".

If Osorio's squad get the necessary result, they'll likely take on World Cup champion Germany or back-to-back Copa America winners in the semifinal on either June 28 or June 29.

"But we had a period in that first half when we allowed them to come into the game and gave ourselves too much to do to get back into it". More than 237,000 fans have attended matches of the Confederations Cup already, and 550,000 of 730,000 tickets had been sold, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Russian Football Union Vitaly Mutko told reporters on Saturday.

Stanislav Cherchesov is not contemplating what impact an early Confederations Cup exit could have on Russia's World Cup campaign as he tries to ensure they do not trip up against Mexico.

Portugal's offensive decisiveness should propel them to an easy victory against outmatched New Zealand.

Osorio must deliverJuan Carlos Osorio lost cool a bit during Mexico's last match.

Russia's Viktor Vasin during a training session at the Kazan Arena.

The Mexicans lead the group going into the match while next year's World Cup hosts are in third place.

It is the first time since 2001 that the FIFA Confederations Cup hosts have failed to reach the semis.

"Even if you take Ronaldo out of the team, you still have world-class players like Ricardo Quaresma and Nani, we have a game plan and we won't be over-awed", said Kiwi coach Anthony Hudson. Thus, we set in the game for the first command with odds (2.5). We know what we need to do.

Portugal sits in second position now, level with Mexico on both points and goal difference, but behind by one on goals scored.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 75th global goal as Portugal trounced New Zealand 4-0 in Saint Petersburg on Saturday to advance to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup. Carlos Salcedo is out of the remainder of the tournament after dislocating his shoulder in the New Zealand game and Hector Moreno will be a last minute decision after picking up an injury himself.

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