Portugal move towards Confederations Cup semi-finals

"The enthusiasm of the New Zealand people to see Cristiano play is common to the whole world", he said.

"Even though we lost against Portugal [on matchday two], our fans supported us after the game".

Head coach of Russia, Stanislav Cherchesov, has defended his team after they allowed Cristiano Ronaldo score the victor, in Wednesday's 1-0 Confederations Cup defeat to Portugal.

Coming off a stunning 2-1 win over New Zealand on Wednesday, the Mexican futbolistas will have their work cut out for them as both Mexico and Russian Federation attempt to qualify for the next round.

Wood's shock first-half goal for New Zealand was cancelled out by Raul Jimenez before Oribe Peralta notched a 72nd-minute victor.

"Everybody has their own opinion so we just accept what people say and we try to learn from positive criticism and the others, we just accept them". "We will be at a disadvantage if we enter the game with this mentality".

"If I was a big team in world football and we were taken right to the edge by a smaller team like New Zealand there's a certain amount of discomfort there and big pressure".

He said he was taking some of the blame for the loss.

The coach added that his team had always been ready to do all required of them, praising the players for their doggedness.

"If their team is so much higher than us in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking then, on paper, they seem better than us", he said. El Tri tied 2-2 against Portugal in the first match-day of the cup and is coming off a slim 2-1 win over New Zealand.

The referee had to separate the two sides as Mexico defeated New Zealand 2-1 in Sochi.

"We were certainly not nervous", he said. Carlos Salcedo is out of the remainder of the tournament after dislocating his shoulder in the New Zealand game and Hector Moreno will be a last minute decision after picking up an injury himself.

New Zealand are already out after throwing away their lead over Mexico in the second game, so it's all about Portugal's task.

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

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov gestures as he addresses to players during a training session at the Arena in Kazan, Russia, Friday, June 23, 2017.

This will be the third Confederations Cup match between two UEFA countries, after France's 3-2 victory against Turkey in the 2003 semi-final and the goalless draw between Spain and Italy in the 2013 semifinal (Spain won 7-6 on penalties).

  • Julie Sanders