Ronaldo scores, Portugal eases past New Zealand 4-0


Portugal made five changes from their 1-0 win over Russian Federation, who had beaten New Zealand 2-0, but their starting XI still featured a plethora of big names, none bigger than four-time and defending world player of the year Ronaldo. The Portugal skipper bagged his third consecutive "Man of the Match" honours but didn't keep the award.

"Three quarters of the squad have never played at this level, and with new players coming through all the time I'm optimistic about the future".

Cherchesov will not want pity for his players, but that is the position this current Russian Federation squad finds itself in after this underwhelming campaign in the warm-up tournament for next year's World Cup.

"While in sporting terms we didn't manage to acheive what we wanted, in terms of morale then I think we took a step forward". If there was really a foul, then VAR is not needed. "My job is to make the team improve and I will start dealing this with pleasure", headed.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, second right, celebrates after scoring during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal, at the St. Petersburg Stadium, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017. However, their lead only lasted for five minutes before Nestor Araujo equalised with a deft header that looked suspiciously like an attempted lay-off - something our team reporters are sure to ask him about! Play had continued for about 30 seconds before the game was stopped for the review.

"World-class players have that ability", Pizzi said.

"We will discuss these things, life will go on, this is sport".

"I hope that all of the players who took part in these matches will use the experience to grow and develop", he said. Everyone is entitled to an error. But Santos said he didn't have a preference on Portugal's opponents. "So sometimes there are errors", he added. Any slender hope disappeared when substitute Igor Smolnikov came on for Aleksandr Erokhin and within moments volleyed over after finding himself unmarked and just yards from goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo feels Portugal should now have their eye on winning the Confederations Cup after securing a place in the semi-finals after a 4-0 win over New Zealand in St Petersburg.

Portugal is set to face the Group B runner-up on June 28, while Mexico will square off against the Group B victor on June 29.

According to organizers, a total of over 41,500 people attended tonight's match at Kazan Arena.

"We have some positive aspects".

European champion Portugal outclassed a typically robust New Zealand team which extended its winless Confederations Cup run to 12 games across four editions.

"Around 75 percent of our players hadn't played in such a big tournament before".



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