Confederations Cup 2017: Cristiano Ronaldo header gives Portugal win over Russia

More importantly in the context of this year's tournament, it means they must beat Mexico to stand any realistic chance of progressing.

Mexico asserted its superiority in the second half against New Zealand to avoid a Confederations Cup embarrassment, coming from behind to win a fiery Group A encounter 2-1 on Wednesday.

Pitana and the linesman had initially allowed the goal, which would have put Portugal ahead 1-0 in their Group A opener.

Portugal do however lead head-to-head matches, with six wins to Russia's three and one draw in 11 matches between the two, although Russian Federation won their last meeting in Krasnodar in November 2015 courtesy of a late Roman Shirokov victor. In the USA, the Confederations Cup 2017 is aired live via Fox Sports, with the games spread between FS1 and FS2.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos has said he will rotate his team during the tournament.

The first goal in the match was scored on 8th minute into the Russian net by Christiano Ronaldo, who is the captain of the Portuguese side and is now considered the world's top footballer.

"We have a good, young team with an excellent coach". Portugal's first goal was accepted and later on rejected after the video assistant referees had reviewed it. "I would like to say something on behalf of my players".

The Madrid star has been making headlines in recent weeks following accusations that he defrauded Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7 million.

"I knew what this team was capable of, and that is what it is capable of, putting in against these great sides".

Earlier this year, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa - a hero of the 2014 World Cup - also asked fans to stop the chant. The home team in this game are not the favorites.

Hudson will face a hard dilemma as to how to approach Mexico, who enjoyed large spells of possession against Portugal.

Soares scored late with a right-foot shot from inside the area after Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera gave the ball away, and Moreno's equalizer came with a firm header from close range after a corner kick one minute into injury time.

The ball was crossed in from the right-hand side to find Silva, who nodded towards goal just five yards out, but the keeper managed to tip the ball wide despite lunging the wrong way. It is the first time Portugal plays in it, so it is a privilege for us all to be here.

  • Julie Sanders