Ronaldo skips questions following Portugal victory
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 14:44
"But it's a 90-minute game and we have to have a look at what happened during the second half", he added.
Carlos Salcedo sustained the injury during Mexico's win over New Zealand.
Captain Chris Woods nearly scored the opener when he founf himself one on one with the goalie but his effort was expertly saved.
That was how the match ended as El Tri move to top of group a with Portugal in second place.
The loss placed the hosts' chances of qualifying for the semifinals in peril, having taken three points from their opening two matches with co-leaders Mexico to play on Saturday.
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.
Standout midfielder Javier Aquino and Giovanni dos Santos both had great opportunities, while Wood spurned an even better chance to double the lead, picked out by again by Lewis and one-on-one with Talavera but taking too long and getting too close to get a shot away.
Russian Federation were high on confidence following their 2-0 win over New Zealand, whereas morale was somewhat low in the Portugal camp after they conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Mexico.
Mexico's coach Juan Carlos Osorio took particular exception to this, berating Wood himself from the dugout. The public should trust the national team's head coach Stanislav Cherchesov, Deputy Prime Minister and Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chairman Vitaly Mutko told reporters following the ceremony of laying flowers at Kazan's Victory Park.
Aquino broke down the left flank and passed to Marco Fabian, who squared for forward Jimenez to fire home.
Mexico were level after 54 minutes though when Raul Jimenez turned and fired a shot from the edge of the box into the far corner.
Diego Reyes had a header saved as Mexico's pressure continued before their third substitution saw Moreno replaced by Rafael Marquez.
Ronaldo leapt high to plant an eighth-minute header past Igor Akinfeev and win it for the European champions, who, along with Mexico, are now in pole position to make the last four from Group A.