European champions Portugal trounced New Zealand 4-0 in Saint Petersburg on Saturday to advance to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup 2017 after Cristiano Ronaldo set them on their way with a penalty. Portugal’s super sniper scored in the 33rd minute, his 75th goal for his country, and Bernardo Silva added the second four minutes later.
Andre Silva added a third on 80 minutes before Nani completed the rout in stoppage time to ensure Portugal progressed to last four as winners of Group A, finishing above Mexico on goal difference.
Mexico eliminated hosts Russia with a 2-1 win in Kazan. The hosts played well and took the lead with a goal by Alexander Samedov in the 25th minute but the experienced Mexico side equalised with Néstor Araujo five minutes later. Mexico secured the victory early in the second half with a goal by Hirving Lozano in the 68th minute.
Mexico joins Portugal on seven points as both teams go throught to face the runners-up of Group B on Wednesday for a place in the July 2 final.
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