Mexico Eliminates Host Russia From Confederations Cup

New Zealand's Confederation Cup is over, the All Whites finishing winless and bottom of their group after being outplayed 4-0 by Portugal in St Petersburg.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring from the penalty spot with his 75th worldwide goal in the 33rd minute. Andre Silva dribbled deep into the New Zealand penalty area to score with a rising shot in the 80th, and a substitute, Nani, shot low past goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic in stoppage time.

It was a typically efficient performance from Portugal, who never looked in danger despite a sluggish start.

Portugal and Mexico were level on four points each coming into the final group game while New Zealand took the lead against Mexico in their last match but eventually fell to a 2-1 defeat and the Kiwis were out to play for pride against the reigning European Champions having also lost 2-0 to hosts Russian Federation in the opening match of the tournament.

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

Portugal swiftly doubled their lead when Eliseu's unsafe low cross from the left was forced home by Silva, although there was brief concern for the new Manchester City signing as he landed awkwardly on his ankle.

In another Group A match, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal gained a comfortable 4-0 win over New Zealand.

The only blot for Portugal was a booking for defender Pepe - his second of the tournament - to leave him suspended for the semifinal.

"I'd like to congratulate my players because they did the best they could", Cherchesov said".

The Euro champions topped the Group A, and advanced alongside Mexico, who defeated hosts Russian Federation 2-1 at the same time.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored Portugal's opening goal from the penalty spot on 33 minutes after the Ipswich defender Tommy Smith bundled over Danilo Pereira following a corner.

Marinovic made impressive saves to deny Ronaldo, Andre Silva and Nani, but was powerless to stop Andre Silva or Nani late in the game.

Yuri Zhirkov was sent off in the 61st minute of the encounter for a second bookable offence.

Ronaldo's fine form has continued in the colours of Portugal, with a brace in a World Cup qualifier against Latvia followed by two efforts at the Confederations Cup - taking him to 56 in 55 games. The defender headed the ball into the opposite corner, over goalkeeper Akinfeev.

The video assistant referee (VAR) was again a talking point after the officials stopped the game in the 19th minute, over a minute after Fedor Smolov had fallen to ground inside the box following a challenge from Hector Moreno.

Mexico went ahead seven minutes after the break, Akinfeev making a calamitous decision to come for a long ball and missing it, allowing Lozano a simple finish.

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