Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo vs New Zealand

Hope Soto
June 25, 2017

"We knew this was going to be a hard game against a strong team".

Consecutive defeats mean New Zealand have already been eliminated but Hudson's side have earned plenty of plaudits for the way they have pushed both Russian Federation and Mexico in their two Group A matches. If it's a top team they are fifth because they have lost games they should have won. El Tri fans will keep their fingers crossed that Osorio avoids an extreme version of this strategy in future competitive games.

A poor defensive clearance from Nestor Araujo led to Clayton Lewis slipping a slick pass through for Wood to finish with a first-time, right-footed strike past Talavera from 12 yards.

"We have a good, young team with an excellent coach".

Mexico faced host nations in the last two World Cups, drawing with South Africa in 2010 and with Brazil in 2014.

After promising to rotate his starting lineup for a third Confederations Cup game in seven days, Santos would not confirm if that means rest for his 32-year-old star.

"The fact we got into those positions says a lot about how we played in the first half".

"This tournament is important for us, every game we can constantly review and we don't always get that luxury. Unfortunately for us, those chances did not yield any goals".

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"We played against a team playing at home, with a home crowd, a team that pressured us but we were better", Ronaldo said. "We started from the ground up and we are trying to take steps to reach higher goals".

Osorio said he was incensed during the first half of the game when Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo was left injured after a clash with rival forward Chris Wood in the New Zealand area and their opponents failed to kick the ball out of play.

Mexico thought they had extended their lead in the 60th minute but Hector Moreno's goal was ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee after a review.

They can not catch Mexico or Portugal - both of whom are on four points - going into their last match against the European champions on Saturday.

It was their first goal in 555 minutes of Confederations Cup football before Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta scored second-half goals for Mexico as the Kiwis faded.

That FIFA finally took action should come as no surprise; following weeks of pressure on the Mexican federation to stop the chant, it was time for the world soccer organization to show its power.

"I don't want to sit here and talk about the negative things that were happening", he said.

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