Ronaldo heads Portugal to 1-0 win over Russia at Confed Cup

The Lusitanians obviously dominated the first half of the game and statistics showed that the Portuguese side packed 62% of ball possession time in the opening 45 minutes of the game.

Ronaldo proved the main threat throughout the first half as the hosts offered little going forward, and he tested Akinfeev with a 25th-minute free-kick before forcing the keeper to block with his legs seven minutes later.

Asked if there could be more goalscoring from Portugal's defenders throughout the tournament, Soares said: "I hope so, let's see. but everything else aside, I have to complete my mission which is to defend well, then I can join the attack to add some individual quality".

He has been accused by Spanish authorities of evading 14.7mn euros ($16.5mn) in tax and has been summoned to appear in court next month in Madrid.

"We have a good, young team with an excellent coach".

Portugal and Mexico lead Group A with four points. Portugal's first goal was accepted and later on rejected after the video assistant referees had reviewed it. Fernando Santos, Portugal's coach, whom led them to victory in last year's European Championships understands that they have a tough match ahead of them but is convinced that they will prevail.

Guerreiro's towering cross from the left flank hung in the air and found Ronaldo, who rose at the far post to head back across Igor Akinfeev.

However, the 18-year-old had a second half to forget as the revitalised Mexicans stormed back, creating a swag of chances.

After the break, Portugal came close to scoring a second goal, but Akinfeev pulled off an impressive save to deny Andre Silva from getting on the scoresheet.

Portugal move in front of Russian Federation in the group, with 4 points from their pair of group games.

The Russians seemed to recover after the break as deep into the second half they began coining up unsafe attacks on the Portuguese goal one after another.

As expected, host nation Russian Federation got off to a comfortable start in their Confederations Cup campaign, beating OFC Nations Cup holders New Zealand.

"Everyone is incredibly disappointed in the changing room and we feel we should have got more", said Hudson. New Zealand retreated to their goal and read a number of times was near the opposition penalty area.

  • Zachary Reyes