Portugal, Mexico, Russia tussle for semi-final berths

We know Portugal are world class and they pose different problems to Mexico, but we are going to come to this game with the same mentality.

Ronaldo himself has yet to comment on the latest developments and his actions at the Confederations Cup suggest he does not plan to open up on his plans for the future any time soon.

"I think we played very well".

He said: "I see this as another game that we want to approach with the mindset of being organised, having the right mentality and we want to get a result". "We will be at a disadvantage if we enter the game with this mentality".

New Zealand had made a positive opening, with Leeds forward Chris Wood seeing his shot saved.

Ronaldo also skipped his media duties after winning the man of the match award following Portugal's 2-2 draw with Mexico, claiming he needed to undergo treatment on a knock instead. "We play away from home against the host team with a lot of support from their fans and fighting for qualification". "So we were forewarned", he said.

Russian Federation fans have boosted attendance figures during these finals and it is expected to be a close-to-capacity crowd at Kazan Arena on Saturday but head coach Cherchesov has no doubt that there renewed backing for his players will continue regardless of the result.

"It's an extraordinary scenario because it gives Mexican football and this group of players the possibility of showing that we have the capacity to take on this responsibility, that we have the talent and the determination to play in this scenario".

"We know Mexico well and we respect this team".

"I hope that it stays that way, " he said.

And Mexico went ahead shortly after the interval when Lozano beat Akinfeev to Hector Herrera's long up-field clearance before bravely heading into an empty net from the edge of the area.

We predict Mexico serves the L to Russian Federation in a 2-0 victory.

"Luís came here (for the press conference) because I'm one hundred percent certain to see him on the pitch", he said. I repeat - some players play more, some play less but everyone feels an important part of this team.

Meanwhile, All Whites coach Anthony Hudson said his team was not just competing against Ronaldo in their clash today against Portugal.

Despite the fact that Osorio might surprise us with some more changes this Saturday, Mexico fans should expect Guardado to appear in the starting lineup. It was the country's first major title, and with an aging squad, they are now looking to kick on for next year's World Cup.

  • Leroy Wright