New Zealand 0-4 Portugal 2017 Confederations Cup: match report

Portugal beat New Zealand 3-0 in Saint Petersburg and results elsewhere went their way to ensure that they finished top of their group heading into the semi-final of the Confederations Cup.

New Zealand were up against it from the start and that was evidenced in the opening exchanges, Ricardo Quaresma delivering two inch-perfect crosses for Ronaldo. Portugal's captain couldn't convert either with Marinovic denying him first and the crossbar doing the same just minutes later.

He wouldn't be kept out for long though. Danilo was tripped up as Quaresma delivered another lethal cross from a corner.
Ronaldo stepped up and sent Marinovic the wrong way to give Portugal the lead after 33 minutes.

That lead was doubled when Quaresma, again, set Eliseu free down the left with a lovely scooped pass that the left-back gathers and brought into the penalty area.

He squared for Bernardo Silva, who turned his ankle but not before he could poke home from close range. He continued but would be replaced at half-time after struggling through the remaining seven minutes of the half.

Portugal continued to coast through the game without ever being really tested by the All Blacks. Ronaldo was taken off for Nani midway through the half in order to rest for the next game and Andre Silva made it 3-0 when he finished a slick couneter-attack by the reigning European Champions. He took it out to the right before driving past Marinovic, who was proving a difficult man to beat in New Zealand's goal.

Nani made it 4-0 with time running out as he took the ball just inside the penalty area and drove a left-footed shot beyond Marinovic but at that stage the result was beyond doubt. Portugal will await the results from the other group as Chile and Germany battle it out for top spot but Fernando Santos will be happy with finishing top regardless of who they draw.


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