Sunday, 25 June 2017

Confederations Cup: Ronaldo helps Portugal into semi-final as hosts Russia out

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty as Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 to seal their semi-final place at the Confederations Cup.

Ronaldo's 33rd-minute goal was followed by strikes from Manchester City-bound Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Nani.


Mexico also progressed to the semi-finals as they knocked hosts Russia out of the tournament with a 2-1 victory.

Portugal ensured top spot in Group A as New Zealand finished bottom after a third straight defeat.

However, defender Pepe will miss Portugal's semi-final after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament.

And there will be fitness concerns over Bernardo Silva, who was substituted at half-time because of an ankle injury.

In the other group, Chile and Germany will both progress to the last four if they avoid defeat on Sunday.

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