Cristiano Ronaldo has four Ballon d'Ors for a reason - Russian Federation boss

Mexico's and New Zeland's players fight during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and New Zealand, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Cristiano Ronaldo's early header was enough to give the European champions all three points at the Spartak Stadium.

Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo headed an early victor on Wednesday as European champions Portugal took a big step towards the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 victory over hosts Russian Federation.

Mexican media said the chant was also heard at matches at home to Honduras and the USA earlier this month, although Federation Internationale de Football Association could not immediately reached for comment on whether disciplinary proceedings had been opened in those cases.

The result meant that Mexico now top their group ahead of Portugal by virtue of goals scored.

Chris Wood opened the scoring late in the first half against the run of play when he slotted into the net after a defensive mix-up.

A flashpoint came midway through the first half when Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio swore at the New Zealand coaching staff.

"But it's a 90-minute game and we have to have a look at what happened during the second half".

In spite of their best efforts, particularly in the second half, the tournament hosts could not find a way past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio in this Group A encounter.

"I apologise, my words were wrong", Osorio said through a translator.

"As a team we don't play against top opposition all the time. when we play against top teams like we have in the last few games, we're still learning. Let's hope they're not as serious as we believe they are at the moment".

The 56-year-old had a heated argument with one of New Zealand's assistant coaches after Mexico's Carlos Salcedo went down with a shoulder injury in the first half.

"Everyone is incredibly disappointed in the changing room and we feel we should have got more", said Hudson.

After more minutes of the Mexicans dominating against New Zealand, Javier Aquino in the 72 minute provided a pass that enabled Oribe Peralta to score from close range making the score 2-1 in favor of Mexico effectively eliminating New Zealand from the semi-finals.

  • Julie Sanders