Ronaldo Header Gives Portugal 1 - 0 Win over Hosts Russia

A second Group A loss means New Zealand can't reach the semi-finals, regardless of their final group result against unbeaten Portugal on Saturday.

The Confederations Cup heated up last night as tensions flared in Sochi as Mexico edged New Zealand 2-1.

AC Milan's new signing Andre Silva should lead Portugal's attack in the David verses Goliath clash in St Petersburg.

"I understand you are curious, but you have to respect and have an understanding - and I'm saying this with a good feeling".

"I thought it was freaky really, it was like we had elbowed the player the way it was going on", he said. The All Whites lost 2-1 to Mexico on Wednesday despite having led at half-time.

"I'm very happy", Ronaldo was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.

"He was hospitalized and we think he broke his leg", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said, with later reports indicating it was a pre-existing injury.

Mexico and New Zealand play in Sochi on Wednesday evening, before Russian Federation face Mexico and Portugal play New Zealand in the final Group A games on Saturday.

Three players were eventually booked for their involvement in the second flashpoint of the game.

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Smith had a close-range header saved for New Zealand before Jurgen Damm fired just over after his superb solo run at the other end threatened to seal victory.

The Kiwis, appearing at the Confederations Cup for the fourth time, are still hunting their first win in the tournament after just one draw and 10 defeats.

Mexico made the All Whites pay with two smartly-taken goals in the second spell, denying what Wood said could have been a famous upset.

"We took them to the very limit", Hudson said after his team was eliminated with a game remaining in Group A, "and at times they couldn't handle that".

It promises to be a battle royal in Kazan where Mexico need just a point to make the semis, while Russian Federation need to win or their prospects hinge on Portugal losing.

Star striker Javier Hernandez, left out against New Zealand, is expected to start while Osorio must replace the injured Carlos Salcedo and Hector Moreno in defence.

Mexican media said the chant was also heard at matches at home to Honduras and the U.S. 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.

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