Ronaldo scores, Portugal eases past New Zealand 4-0

Ronaldo scores, Portugal eases past New Zealand 4-0

Ronaldo scores, Portugal eases past New Zealand 4-0

Portugal on Saturday finished tied with Mexico at seven points apiece after three round-robin matches, but it topped the group based on a +5 goal differential thanks to its 4-0 thrashing of the Kiwis, Efe news reported.

Team Mexico cruised past Russian Federation with 2-1 win in the third and final group stage match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, knocking the hosts out from further battle for the trophy, APA reports quoting TASS.

Injured players such as Alan Dzagoev and Artim Dzyuba will return next season, but they are not Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, so they are unlikely to make a great deal of difference. A whole array of players has driven the team to the top of European football.

For Russia it was their final competitive fixture ahead of next year's World Cup, but coach Stanislav Cherchesov remained upbeat despite his side's early exit.

Mixed emotions were again the order of the day for All Whites coach Anthony Hudson after his team completed the Confederations Cup with a 4-0 loss to Portugal.

You either love him or hate him.

Russian Federation had just become the first host nation since South Korea in 2001 to fail to emerge from their group at a Confederations Cup and it did not end well, with veteran Yuri Zhirkov compounding their misery with a red card on 68 minutes for throwing an elbow.

The Colombian official arrived at what was arguably the correct decision following two visits to the touchline to consult video replays and first showing only a yellow card, then a red card, to the wrong Cameroon player.

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

With Portugal comfortably leading, Fernando Santos opted for a change after 68 minutes as Ronaldo made way for Luis Nani.

The 33-year-old defender made a strong run to byline, pulling back for Bernardo Silvo's clinical finish.

The match started evenly, but Portugal grew into the game.

Portugal removed any doubt from its match with the Oceania representative with two goals scored in a four-minute span in the first half.

Moutinho is crucial to keep the team well balanced, and he is versatile enough to play in almost all positions if needed. It's only New Zealand, but eight goals in 11 global appearances suggest there is plenty to come.

"Our national team is endlessly checked". "I hope the players will use the experience to grow and develop".

The win, however, came at a cost as Manchester City-bound midfielder Bernardo Silva substituted because of an ankle injury.

"We will play a hard opponent whoever that will be, Chile or Germany, two great teams". Forward Gelson Martins, 22, is also touted as a promising star.

Still, Portugal won that final against France after Ronaldo went off injured, and the 32-year-old forward is at the heart of his team in Russian Federation.

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