Cristiano Ronaldo confident for Confederations Cup final


Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 75th worldwide goal as Portugal trounced New Zealand 4-0 in Saint Petersburg on Saturday to advance to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.

The New Zealand side maintained 2-0 trashing status quo till 80th minute when Andre Silva scored the third goal and Luis Carlos, popularly known as' Nani' crowned the goals in the first minute of extra time. Pepe promptly found his way into referee Mark Geiger's book for a painfully late challenge on Thomas Doyle; it was his second yellow card of the tournament and means he will miss Wednesday's semifinal in Kazan, which is likely to be against Chile or Germany.

Hosts Russia have been knocked out by Mexico in the FIFA Confederations Cup, after going down 1-2 in the last group match played today.

Portugal had one foot and four toes in the knockout stage before the ball got rolling on the final Group A matchday at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 and they finished the job with minimum fuss by cruising past New Zealand in Saint Petersburg.

With both teams finishing group play on seven points, Portugal advances as the victor of Group A due to its superior goal advantage.

Mexico also made it through to the last four at the expense of hosts Russian Federation following a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Nestor Araujo and Hirving Lozano.

Wood, who joined Hamburg from second-tier Union Berlin, scored five goals and set up two more in 28 Bundesliga games.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos gave New Zealand a boost by withdrawing Ronaldo 23 minutes from the end, but substitute Nani almost made a swift impact, latching on to Quaresma's cross and slamming a powerful shot at Marinovic from 10 yards. The defender headed the ball into the opposite corner, over goalkeeper Akinfeev.

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It was his 75th worldwide goal.

Russian Federation had raised the hopes of their fans by taking a first half lead though Alexander Samedov but were quickly pegged back by Nestor Araujo's equalizer on the half-hour.

The lead was doubled six minutes later as Ricardo Quaresma played in Eliseu, who fired the ball into box, where Bernardo Silva was on hand to slot home.

Mexico will meet the winners of Group B - which will nearly certainly be Chile or Germany - in their last-four encounter in Sochi on Thursday, but Hernandez is not concerned about which team they face.

"I'm very happy because the boys have really listened and they've given their all".

The game began with an high intense pace and aggression as one player from both sides were cautioned.

"I'm confident that all the players who've taken part in the tournament will draw on the experience to develop and mature", he said.