Ronaldo scores, Portugal eases past New Zealand 4-0

Russia forward Fedor Smolov vies for the ball against Mexico defender Diego Reyes during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A match in Kazan

All Whites deserved to score: Santos

As for Portugal, their quest for a second trophy in two years continues with a semi-final on Wednesday.

"We will move on", coach Stanislav Cherchesov said after Saturday's 2-1 loss to Mexico.

The Real Madrid superstar enjoyed a stunning sequence of games to end his 2016-17 campaign, netting 16 times in his final 10 fixtures.

Mexico striker Javier Hernandez believes his side's work ethic has paid off following their qualification for the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.

The most-capped player in the squad - the Mexico game was his 101st global appearance - Akinfeev's bulletproof consistency in the Russian Premier League has kept him the undisputed national-team No. 1 for years. "We never stopped. We created chances, we put them under pressure, so we could have got a little more out of this tournament", he told reporters.

The Englishman believed they would be much improved in that area come the crucial World Cup playoff against the fifth-placed South American team in November, which they will advance to if they can overcome the Solomon Island over two legs in two months time.

Mexico eliminated hosts Russian Federation with a 2-1 win to join Portugal on seven points, with the Gold Cup winners to meet the second-placed side from Group B in the last four. New Zealand finished bottom of the group after losing all three games.

The strategy helped Ronaldo get his 75th worldwide goal and Portugal an ultimately easy 4-0 win at the Confederations Cup on Saturday.

Portugal's Bernardo Silva, right, scores his side's second goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal, at the St. Petersburg Stadium, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Marinovic impressed and made eight saves, using his big body to block second-half shots by Andre Silva and Nani.

It was his 75th goal for Portugal, bringing him level with Sandor Kocsis in second place on the list of Europe's highest global goal scorers.

In another Group A match, Mexico knocked out hosts Russia of the Confederation Cup 2017 with a 2-1 victory taking benefit of bad Russian defense on Saturday. But the lead lasted just five minutes when on the half hour mark Araujo looped a header over Igor Akinfeev from a freaky free kick awarded for hand ball.

Russian Federation had raised the hopes of their fans by taking a first-half lead through Alexander Samedov but were quickly pegged back by Nestor Araujo's equaliser on the half hour.

Russian Federation were knocked out after losing 2-1 to Mexico in Kazan, another setback for the hosts of next year's World Cup who have recently become accustomed to early exits from global tournaments.

Moments later, Hector Moreno thought he had a third goal for Mexico - which would have seen them take the group lead over Portugal - but it was ruled out for offside following a video review.

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