Ronaldo on target for Portugal

"I'll decide based on the opponents, but also by assessing what shape my players are in", he said in the wake of the loss to Portugal.

They went ahead when Danilo went tumbling under a challenge from two defenders, the referee pointed to the spot without asking for a video replay and Ronaldo swept home the penalty. "We knew this was going to be a hard game against a strong team".

And Nani, Ronaldo's replacement from the bench, added a fourth for good measure, ensuring that Portugal's next generation did not take all the glory as Fernando Santos' men finished ahead of Mexico thanks to a super goal difference after their 2-1 defeat of Russian Federation. The top two teams advance to the semifinals.

"We need to control the game and we need to show to ourselves that we can compete under such hard circumstances and hopefully we will make a step forward".

"It's an extraordinary scenario because it gives Mexican football and this group of players the possibility of showing that we have the capacity to take on this responsibility, that we have the talent and the determination to play in this scenario".

Both nations have four points, with group leaders Chile facing Australia on Sunday while Germany meet Cameroon at the same time. All fans attending the Confederations Cup were given the aforementioned ID, which plays a similar role to a visa; this helps authorities identify fans in case any problems arise.

"As you know, Federation Internationale de Football Association is very serious about the chanting that we do when the goalkeeper takes a kick, and the possible sanctions are serious", FMF said in a statement directed at the team's supporters.

"This tournament is important for us, every game we can constantly review and we don't always get that luxury".

As far as the All Whites captain was concerned, if they started well, played without fear and used their last performance as motivation, anything was possible. "Unfortunately for us, those chances did not yield any goals".

He said: "I don't think it will be Argentina [who finishes fifth] now they have the coach they have [Jorge Sampaoli]. But we were better, we had more chances", said Ronaldo.

New Zealand's players objected to Mexico skipper Diego Reyes tugging Michael Boxall's shirt as he made a surge into the opposition half.

Mexico lost Carlos Salcedo on 33 minutes when the defender was stretchered off with a shoulder injury after coming second-best in a tussle with Wood.

Moreno scored the stoppage-time equalizer in Mexico's 2-2 opening draw against European champions Portugal.

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