Ronaldo header gives Portugal 1-0 win over hosts Russia

Russian Federation go into their last group game against Mexico on Saturday in Kazan knowing that most likely nothing less than a win will be enough to claim a semifinal spot, with the Gold Cup winners widely expected to beat New Zealand in Wednesday's second Group A game.

Only a superb one-handed reflex save from Akinfeev, who made his 100th global appearance, stopped Andre Silva's bullet header just after the break. Based on the quality of players that will be on display, Portugal should be able to get the win against Russian Federation and in their final group match against New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo is ready to pay Spain's tax authorities the €14.7 million (Dh60.2m) - the amount he has been accused of defrauding by a prosecutor - ahead of the court hearing, Spanish state TV said last night.

"Raphael was just taken to the hospital", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said after the game.

The hosts were unlucky not to force an equaliser after a string of chances in a strong second-half display.

The European champions struggled to kill off the game despite several chances and could have conceded when Georgy Dzhikiya headed narrowly over in stoppage time.

Both sides have 4 points after two games, and both would be guaranteed to progress with just a draw in their final group stage match.

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. "There are some very good options to refresh the team, but we will take into account the medical examinations to make the decisions".

"We know how to adapt to different opponents".

Hudson is encouraged by the way his team troubled Mexico when they met in Nashville last October, hustling them and creating chances in a 2-1 loss.

After receiving a pass on the edge of the 18-yard box, Jimenez swivelled onto his right foot before placing the ball in the top corner.

And Peralta hit the victor in the 72nd minute when Aquino pulled the ball back for the 33-year-old to find the net.

Mexico's Oribe Peralta, bottom, scores a goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and New Zealand, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

  • Julie Sanders