All Whites v Portugal - four things we learned

Cristiano Ronaldo's 75th worldwide goal helped lift Portugal to an easy 4-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday and into the Confederations Cup semifinals. "They are two world powers and our objective is to reach the final and win, with total modesty and humility and showing respect as we have done until now".

However, defender Pepe will miss Portugal's semi-final after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament.

Santos said afterwards that New Zealand's performance against Mexico, when they narrowly lost 2-1, put him on alert about the problems they could pose - which probably explains why Ronaldo, who was withdrawn midway through the second half, and Portugal's other big guns were picked from the start.

"Overall, there were some really positive signs in the game", he said.

For Russia it was their final competitive fixture ahead of next year's World Cup, but coach Stanislav Cherchesov remained upbeat despite his side's early exit.

"We knew it could be complicated", Santos explained, but after being marginally second best for 20 minutes his team turned the screw.

"This team are on the right path, they have got great character, great belief and it's a young team moving in the right direction". With this victory, the CONCACAF champion stormed into the semifinal.

Ronaldo shrugs off leaving Real Madrid
The 32-year-old four-time World Footballer of the Year is alleged to have not paid the correct taxes from 2011 to 2014. In a statement, Ronaldo's management company Gestifute said there had been no attempt to evade taxes.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 21: Cedric of Portugal attempts to shoot while he is closed down by the Russia defence during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Group A match between Russia and Portugal at Spartak Stadium on June 21, 2017 in Moscow, Russia.

The win, however, came at a cost as Manchester City-bound midfielder Bernardo Silva was substituted because of an ankle injury.

The Unterhaching goalkeeper kept out efforts from Andre Silva and Nani, shortly after his introduction for Ronaldo, but there was little he could do when Andre Silva burst through with 10 minutes to go to fire high into the net. "Unfortunately, we didn't react to their goals and then had a man sent off, even then we tried to score".

Russian Federation were beaten 2-1 by Mexico in Kazan on Saturday meaning they finished third in Group A having also lost to Portugal in Moscow on Wednesday, their only victory coming on the opening day versus minnows New Zealand, ranked 95th in the world.

The hosts had a goal by Samedov disallowed for offside just a few minutes into the second half. The defender headed the ball into the opposite corner, over goalkeeper Akinfeev. Russian Federation had raised the hopes of their fans by taking a first half lead though Alexander Samedov but were quickly pegged back by Nestor Araujo's equalizer on the half-hour.

"We started the game really well, and were the stronger of the two teams", said Hudson.

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