Portugal, Mexico, Russia in Semis Battle

I could have had three- New Zealand's Wood rues missed chances

I could have had three- New Zealand's Wood rues missed chances

Cristiano Ronaldo's 75th global 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.

"It was an odd game - we were in control, but they started creating problems, and if it had got back to 2-1, it could have got complicated", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. "The organizers and Federation Internationale de Football Association are working like one team, the transport and security system, the loyalty system work fine".

The Oceania champions were far from disgraced but have now completed four participations in the tournament without winning a game and have an overall record of 11 defeats and a draw in 12 matches. "We have sold about 550,000 tickets out of about 730,000".

Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov has said he will decide his starting line-up after training with an electric atmosphere expected for the national team's first game at the Kazan Arena.

Mexico's Hirving Lozano celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and Russia, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Pepe's team won a friendly in Portugal training.

"The biggest positive for me today was that we never, ever accepted the result".

"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".

Club or country, it does not matter to Cristiano Ronaldo as he continued his remarkable scoring run at the Confederations Cup. We have a definite plan but I would not want to go into details.

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

Here is all you need to know about the match.

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 hosts had a goal by Samedov disallowed for offside just a few minutes into the second half.

Guardado said he was glad that Mexican fans have stopped homophobic chants that prompted a warning by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"Many, many millions, every time Cristiano plays are interested in watching him play". We play away from home against the hosts with a lot of support from their fans fighting for qualification.

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