Confederations Cup: Ronaldo header sinks hosts Russian Federation

Ross Houston
June 24, 2017

However, he was all smiles, escorting a young mascot in a wheelchair onto the Moscow pitch before netting his first Confederations Cup goal.

"They had written us off going into that Mexico game".

New Zealand, which has lost twice in Confederations Cup play, can not advance.

Cameroon face Germany in the final group game on Sunday, when Australia play Chile.

Mexico and New Zealand Players Clash at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, June 21.

The Russian boss was asked whether he had received any backlash to an image of him of with Cristiano Ronaldo which was taken after the Real Madrid forward had scored Portugal's victor on Wednesday.

Mexico now advances to play the host of the tournament, Russia, in the group finale on Saturday.

"The fact we got into those positions says a lot about how we played in the first half".

Pushes, punches and pokes were traded but more controversy followed afterward when Bakary Gassama, the Gambian referee, reviewed the incident using VAR but chose to issue just a yellow card to the three players involved in the initial stages. "We have four points and we have to congratulate the team".

Here is all you need to know about the match.

Cristiano Ronaldo remains "extremely concentrated" on helping Portugal deliver the required result when they tackle Confederations Cup hosts Russian Federation in Moscow, according to coach Fernando Santos.

"At 2-0 we could have kept the scoreline respectable, but we didn't", he said. "We've changed quite a bit in terms of our line-up, our game, our attitude and the fans see that".

"On paper they seem better than us".

Ronaldo also skipped his media duties after winning the man of the match award following Portugal's 2-2 draw with Mexico, claiming he needed to undergo treatment on a knock instead. Defender Hector Moreno is listed as doubtful because of a muscle injury.

Andre Silva dribbled deep into the New Zealand penalty area to score with a rising shot in the 80th and substitute Nani shot low past goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic in stoppage time. As early as the eighth minute a well worked move saw the visitors take the lead.

It was their first goal in 555 minutes of Confederations Cup football before Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta scored second-half goals for Mexico as the Kiwis faded.

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