wnol.info July 22 2017


Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game

July 22 2017, 10:39 | Van Peters

Portugal need just one point in order to progress to the semi-finals, meaning the European champions can afford to rest a number of key players as they take on an already-eliminated New Zealand in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.

The Mexican Football Federation confirmed the news in a statement, with Salcedo, who recently joined German club Eintracht Frankfurt on loan from Guadalajara, to return home.

It had been a great start for the Russians, keeping Mexico from creating significant chances and threatening on counterattacks. We have a team of good players, everyone is equal.

"We always understood and respected their way of playing, a very direct type of football, with a lot of contact".

"People don't expect too much from us", he said in St Petersburg.

"I don't think it will be Argentina now they have the coach they have", Hudson added, referencing the appointment of Jorge Sampaoli earlier this month.

When Ronaldo began to dominate All Whites defenders in the air midway through the first half, an aerial challenge saw him left in a heap. After two rounds of matches, Stanislav Cherchesov and his players know all about their strengths and weaknesses, and the same can be said of Mexico.

Russia's Alexander Samedov, left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and Russia, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

The linesman's flag denied Spartak Moscow's Samedow after he put the ball in the net early in the second half, and Mexico forged ahead as Lozano's fearless gamble paid off.

There was also no place for promising winger Hirving Lozano, 21, who signed a six-year contract for PSV Eindhoven on Monday.

Portugal went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock in the 26th minute, but Ronaldo's towering was kept out by the crossbar.

Mexico had a second-half goal by defender Hector Moreno disallowed for offside after video review.

The Oceania champions took a shock lead when Clayton Lewis threaded his pass between two defenders to Wood, who coolly fired home on 42 minutes. However, games are won on the pitch and this New Zealand side have absolutely nothing to play for and the pressure to qualify and no slip up rests entirely on Fernando Santos' men.

That miss mattered little, however, as Andre Silva got their third 10 minutes from time by darting into the penalty area and tucking a clever finish past Marinovic after a fine run.

At the other end, Wood squandered a one-on-one with Talavera and moments later Mexico were level.

And Peralta hit the victor in the 72nd minute when Aquino pulled the ball back for the 33-year-old to find the net.



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