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FIFA Confederations Cup: Portugal, Mexico through to semi-final

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.It was a typically efficient performance from Portugal who never looked in real danger despite a sluggish start.His latest goal came in a meeting with New Zealand, as Euro 2016 winners Portugal took aim at the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.Portugal have meanwhile been warned against underestimating New Zealand by the Kiwis’ display against Mexico in which they could consider themselves unlucky to lose. We know they want us to win, like any team in the world, but our job and our task at the World Cup is not only to confirm the level that we’re at.Alongside the likes of midfielders Ryan Thomas and Clayton Lewis, Marinovic was one of the team’s standout performers and coach Anthony Hudson labelled his goalkeeper’s performance as “unbelievable”. “We need to control the game and to show to ourselves, especially, that we can compete under such hard circumstances”.”About tomorrow’s match – we will play how we need to – but the most important thing will be to win”, Cherchesov told reporters. “They’re a team with great spirit and capacity”.”Portugal has always played well otherwise it would not become European champions”.Marinovic made impressive saves to deny Ronaldo, Andre Silva and Nani but was powerless stop Andre Silva when he collected the ball on the halfway line, ran at two defenders who backed off, and fired his shot into the far corner.Hirving Lozano’s courageous second-half header sealed Mexico’s 2-1 comeback win over 10-man Russian Federation on Saturday and fired them into the Confederations Cup semi-finals.Mexico also progressed to the semi-finals as they knocked hosts Russian Federation out of the tournament with a 2-1 victory.Mexico had a second-half goal by the defender Héctor Moreno disallowed for offside after video review.Making it worse, in the 68th minute of the game, Yury Zhirkov was sent off for elbowing his opponent.Mexico were soon back on terms, though, with Araujo looping his close-range header over Igor Akinfeev in the 30th minute.Failure to get a result against Russia, which would result in Mexico failing to make it out of the group stage, will see talks of his job being on the line again as expectations in the eyes of the Mexican Federation were failed to be met again for the second worldwide tournament in a row.The 25-year-old, who has spent the past three seasons playing in the fourth-tier of German club football, gave an honest assessment of what had been a busy day between the sticks.