Wednesday, 21 June 2017

2017 Confed Cup: Ronaldo Gifts Portugal Win Against Russia As Mexico Beat New Zealand From Behind

Cristiano Ronaldo's 74th senior international goal was enough to hand Portugal a win over hosts Russia. While Mexico fought back to beat New Zealand 2-1 in the ongoing 2017 Confederations Cup.
Russia 0-1 Portugal
The youngster looked delighted as Ronaldo held her hand as he walked out on the pitch

Reigning European Champions Portugal overcame Russia 1-0 in the second group stage match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup playing at Spartak Stadium in the Russian capital of Moscow on Wednesday night.

Captain of the Portuguese side Cristiano Ronaldo walked out on the pitch of Spartak Stadium with a 10-year-old wheelchair user, Polina Haeredinova, before the match. It was a touching moment to remind that the world should not forget about people with limited abilities.
In a tender moment the Real Madrid star planted a kiss on the forehead of the young fan

Ronaldo headed the only goal as Portugal recorded their first win at the Confederations Cup by beating hosts Russia.

Ronaldo, whose future at club Real Madrid is in doubt, connected with Raphael Guerreiro's cross in the eighth minute to send Portugal second in Group A.

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, earning his 100th cap, saved well from Andre Silva early in the second half.

Russia missed two late chances to salvage a draw as Georgy Dzhikya headed over and Fedor Smolov floated an effort wide.

Mexico 2-1 New Zealand
Football - Mexico come from behind to beat New Zealand 2-1

Mexico came from behind to defeat New Zealand 2-1 in a thrilling Group A match in Sochi.

After Chris Wood scored late in the first half for the Kiwis in what was a physical match, Mexico scored twice in under 20 minutes in the second half to earn its first victory of the cup, sending New Zealand to its second defeat.

Juan Carlos Osorio left star striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez on the bench to start the match as he made eight changes to the team that drew against Portugal in their group stage opener on Sunday.
And New Zealand made them pay.

New Zealand had the better of the first half and went in 1-0 up thanks to a nice goal from Chris Wood.

But Mexico stormed back after the break and Raul Jimenez got the equaliser nine minutes into the second period.

Javier Aquino dribbled in from the left and after an exchange of passes on the edge of the New Zealand box, Jimenez spun to fire high into the net.

Mexico took control of the game and Oribe Peralta grabbed the winner from close range after 72 minutes when he swept home another incisive cross from Aquino.

Mexico ended the day as Group A leaders with four points, ahead of Portugal on goal difference. Hosts Russia are in third with three points and New Zealand have none.

Mexico, on four points from two games, will close out group play against host Russia on Saturday, while New Zealand, who have been eliminated, will finish up with Portugal that same day.

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