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Cristiano Ronaldo again skips questions after Portugal win

“And as for Cristiano, he is one player who is completely motivated to help Portugal, as he has always done”, ESPN quoted Pepe as saying.- New Zealand are now winless in 11 Confederations Cup games (D1 L10), finding the net just three times in total.”I am proud of what my team did, it’s normal to have to suffer at this level, but we deserved to win“.”Obviously our goal is to win the next game, we took Mexico all the way and probably should have got a lot more out of this game, so we will test Portugal the same way and hopefully get a win”, Wood said.It is fair to say that in a match with Mexico, Portugal was more concerned about restraining an opponent than about an attack.A Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portugal have beaten Federation Internationale de Football Association 2017 Confederations Cup hosts Russia in their Group A match in front of a sell-out crowd in Moscow.Akinfeev did come to Russia’s rescue soon after the break, denying Adrien Silva’s short-range header.The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Group A match between New Zealand and Portugal will be played at Saint Petersburg Stadium and kicks off at 17:00 CEST on Saturday 24 June 2017.New Zealand did actually take the lead through Leeds hitman Chris Wood, but Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta struck to hand Mexico a comeback victory.”We were unlucky against them before so we’ll be going for three points”.Russian Federation manager Stanislav Cherchesov came to his team’s defence after allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to score the only goal in Wednesday’s 1-0 Confederations Cup loss to Portugal.European champion Portugal took the lead when captain Ronaldo headed a precise cross by Raphael Guerreiro past Akinfeev in the eighth minute and then held on as a re-energised Russian Federation created chances in the second half. “We knew this was going to be a hard game against a strong team”.Osorio, 56, got into a heated argument with one of New Zealand’s assistant coaches after Mexico’s Carlos Salcedo went down with a shoulder injury in the first-half.Having opened their Confed Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over New Zealand, Russia face a step up against Euro 2016 winners Portugal and their troubled superstar captain.