More than 237000 fans attend Confederations Cup matches already - Deputy PM Mutko
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 1:13
Cristiano Ronaldo calmly blasted a high shot past the keeper for his 75th global goal, and minutes later it was two when Bernardo Silva was on hand with a late run in the box to fire past Stefan Marinovic.
The match started evenly, but Portugal grew into the game.
Even so, coach Anthony Hudson was proud of his side, who refused to shut up shop in the second half.
"This team are on the right path, they have got great character, great belief and it's a young team moving in the right direction".
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo kicks the ball during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match between New Zealand and Portugal at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 24, 2017.
Bernardo Silva turned Eliseu's low cross into the net four minutes later, although he suffered a knock on the ankle in the process.
Mexico eliminated hosts Russian Federation with a 2-1 win in Kazan to join Portugal on seven points, with Fernando Santos' side to face the runners-up of Group B on Wednesday for a place in the July 2 final.
Ronaldo had already headed against the crossbar before firing Portugal ahead after Danilo went tumbling under a challenge from two defenders and the referee pointed to the spot without asking for a video replay.
Ronaldo could have added to his tally when he climbed to meet a Nelson Semedo delivery, his header scooped away by Stefanovic who then stood tall to superbly deny Andre Silva.
Nani drilled in a fourth goal for Portugal during stoppage time.