Ronaldo heads Portugal to 1-0 win over Russia at Confed Cup


The team played very well against a side playing at home with the support of their fans.

Portugal kept on pushing for a second and Ronaldo should perhaps have doubled his tally after being set up by Andre Gomes at the hour mark, mistiming his header and sending the ball well wide of the target instead, before he wildly blasted a shot over the crossbar minutes later as the game started to open up. It was a touching moment to remind that the world should not forget about people with limited abilities.

The first half had been all Portugal and had they been a little more clinical, they would have had a fairly comfortable lead.

Mexico responded after halftime with pressure in the attacking third, with Aquino, again having the best chance on goal, only to have goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic make a swiping save at the close-range, bounding effort from the left.

However, Akinfeev was there to save the ball as Ronaldo shot a free kick after being knocked down by Fedor Kudriashov on 24th minute.

Russian Federation played with just Fedor Smolov up front, and until the 60th minute, he did not have any moments.

"But things changed in the second half and we created several good chances".

However, the hosts did not score, but earned two yellow cards in addition to the one from the first half, and 0-1 remained flashing on the scoreboard in favor of Portugal as the final whistle signaled the end of the game.

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"It's great development but we want to get results here, so we're not happy at all".

Javier Aquino dribbled in from the left and after an exchange of passes on the edge of the New Zealand box, Jimenez spun to fire high into the net.

"Obviously we are very happy, it is the first time that Portugal wins in Russian Federation", he stated.

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson is devastated his players didn't get what they deserved after falling 2-1 to Mexico in a sometimes spiteful Confederation Cup encounter.

Goals from Peralta and Raul Jimenez saw Mexico move top of Group A later in the day, above Portugal on goals scored, and knock New Zealand out of the competition.

Mexico's and New Zeland's players fight during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and New Zealand, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.