Problems? What problems? Ronaldo on target in Portugal win
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 20:44
Ronaldo let his football do the talking after the recent tax-evasion accusations that have left his Real Madrid future uncertain, with his second man-of-the-match performance following Sunday's 2-2 draw with Mexico.
Only a superb one-handed reflex save from Akinfeev, who made his 100th worldwide appearance, stopped Andre Silva's bullet header just after the break.
Portugal's tournament hopes took a blow with a possible broken leg for Guerreiro, who was substituted in the 65th after limping off injured.
Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon. "I'm disappointed with that, but I'll pick myself up, go again ready for the next game, and we'll come out even stronger".
"In the second half we changed things round a bit and we had several good chances but unfortunately they did not produce any goals".
The 32-year-old netted the only goal of the game to help the European champions to victory in Moscow, beating goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev from close range early on. Russian Federation did raise their game, but to little avail.
He said he was taking some of the blame for the loss.
New Zealand defender Tommy Smith then cleared Jimenez's shot off the line in the dying stages, just before a mass brawl broke out after Herrera clashed with Thomas.
The game also saw confrontation after a foul, which upon further assessment from the Video Assistant Referee's concluded with three yellow cards being dished out to Boxall, Herrera and Mexico's Diego Reyes, with the initial foul being committed by Michael Boxall on Héctor Herrera.
But it was Wood who finally broke the deadlock three minutes before the break when midfielder Clayton Lewis turned the ball around the corner to put him through on goal, and he finished expertly to give New Zealand a shock lead. Once more, VAR seemed badly applied.
We'll be building up to the action throughout the day before giving you a minute-by-minute account of the game as it unfolds.