The last round of matches before we reach the Semi-Finals in the 2017 Confederations Cup, all matches are played at the same time….in Group A it was the underdogs New Zealand vs Ronaldo’s Portugal and Mexico taking on the hosts Russia.
Portugal only needed a draw against a side that has never won a game at the Confederations Cup to earn a spot in the last four, they were surely the favourites to advance to the next round.
In the 33rd minute who else but Ronaldo opened up the scoring with a penalty and from then on it was all downhill for the White Caps from New Zealand, a domintating performance from the 2016 Euro Champions.
Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 (Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Bernardo & Andre Silva) to top Group A and booked their place in the semi-finals….I am glad both former Manchester United stars got on the scoresheet.
In the other match of the night it was hosts Russia up against comeback kings Mexico.
Russia who were on 3 points knew that only a win would see them through to the next round and in the 25th minute Samedov put them in the lead but it typical Mexican fashion they spoilt the party by equalizing 5 minutes later, 1-1 at Half-Time.
A defensive error from Russia was pounced upon by the Mexicans and Lozano put the ball in the back of the net 2-1 and I’m sure a massive Mexican Wave hit the Russians as they were knocked out of the tournament.
Portugal and Mexico advance to the Semi-Finals…both were my picks from this Group.
The questions is, which of these two teams will advance to the Final?