Ronaldo heads Portugal to 1-0 win over Russia at Confed Cup

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So based on history and Nika the polar bear, Russian Federation will be expected to get the win, but based on the calibre of players each team possesses, Portugal should get the three points.

"We're very happy, it's the first time Portugal have won in Russian Federation". The midfield was among the strongest components on the Mexico team with players like Andres Guardado and Jonathan Dos Santos linking up the whole game for the Aztec side.

"Everyone now, after that game, is incredibly determined to make sure we approach this game with the right mind-set and we have one focus which is we want to progress in this tournament", said Hudson.

A day after Ronaldo was summoned to court in Spain over allegations relating to a complex tax fraud, his goal was simple.

Federation Internationale de Football Association fined the FMF eight times during the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying campaign for homophobic abuse.

"We certainly did not feel nervous, " he said.

Guerreiro's towering cross from the left flank hung in the air and found Ronaldo, who rose at the far post to head back across Igor Akinfeev.

Akinfeev did come to Russia's rescue soon after the break, denying Adrien Silva's short-range header.

Little under 10 minutes into the second half, Raul Jimenez brought Mexico level and then Orile Peralta grabbed the victor with 18 minutes remaining.

But all to no avail as the European champions held off for a nervy finish.

In the first half, Portugal were obviously the better side.

New Zealand's superb first-half display rattled Mexico and a tense match boiled over with a mass brawl in the dying stages. Mexico then uped the ante in the second half by introducing FC Porto midfielder Hector Herrera who played a pivotal role in Mexico's resurgence in the game.

"We know how to adapt to different opponents".

After Salcedo was carried off on a stretcher, Wood went on to put New Zealand into a surprise lead in the 42nd minute.

"They didn't have many (chances) but they were clinical", Wood said. New Zealand retreated to their goal and read a number of times was near the opposition penalty area.

After some good work on the left wing by Javier Acquino, forward Raul Jimenez was given time and space to rifle a shot into the top corner in the 54th minute.

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