Confederations Cup: Ronaldo On Target As Portugal Reach Semis

 

Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty as Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 to seal their semi-final place at the Confederations Cup.

Although proceedings took a while to heat up, Portugal were ultimately good value for their triumph and look set to face either Chile or Germany in the final four of the competition, as two of their rising stars rose to the challenge alongside the more experienced Ronaldo and Nani to clinch top spot.

Ronaldo rattled the crossbar before Ipswich defender Tommy Smith bundled over Danilo Pereira following a corner and the Real Madrid forward scored the resulting penalty.

A second Portugal goal arrived four minutes later.


Eliseu and Quaresma linked well on the left, with the full-back then playing the ball across the face of goal for Bernardo Silva to stab home from close range.

New Zealand almost pulled a goal back on the hour when Doyle’s ball across the face of goal from the left found Wood at the far post, but Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio recovered to make a sliding block on the line.

Andre Silva added Portugal’s third 10 minutes from time by darting into the penalty area and tucking a clever finish past Marinovic after a fine run.

Nani drilled in a fourth goal for Portugal during stoppage time.

Portugal ensured top spot in Group A as New Zealand finished bottom after a third straight defeat.

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