Cristiano Ronaldo has four Ballon d'Ors for a reason - Russian Federation boss

Ivan Schwartz
June 22, 2017

"If we don't win this game, or we lose this game, that's probably it for the tournament so we need to do all we can to get the three points".

They play their final group match against New Zealand on Saturday in St. Petersburg, and are favorites to progress to the semifinals.

After shackling the talents of Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and his Euro 2016 winners, Osorio knows his men now face a completely different test when they run out at the Fisht Olympic Stadium against the All Whites, who went down 2-0 against hosts Russian Federation on Saturday.

Mexico face New Zealand on Wednesday in Sochi in their second Confederations Cup match.

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"But, having taken stock of the game itself, it wasn't as bad as it felt at the time", he said.

"We took them to the very limit", Hudson said after his team was eliminated with a game remaining in Group A, "and at times they couldn't handle that".

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Fedor Smolov was impressive, and the country's most prolific striker will be the biggest danger to the Portuguese. Following Saturday's 2-2 draw with Portugal , Mexico are up-beat and favourites to win the showdown in Sochi.

Raphael Guerreiro's towering cross from the left flank hung in the air and found Ronaldo, who rose at the far post to head back across Igor Akinfeev.

Only a superb one-handed reflex save from Akinfeev, who made his 100th global appearance, stopped Andre Silva's bullet header just after the break.

Salcedo was injured in the incident and left the field on a stretcher as Osorio fumed on the touchline, with Hector Moreno - scorer of Mexico's late equaliser against Portugal last time out - brought on. "We managed to change a few things in the second half, and were able to attack".

"New Zealand will be a different team compared to Portugal, but they are a hard team to beat", Osorio said at a press conference.

"I am proud of what my team did, it's normal to have to suffer at this level, but we deserved to win".

As they pushed forward for an equaliser, they were almost caught out and were left indebted to defender Tommy Smith, who cleared a Mexico effort off the line.

"FIFA explained it all to us before the match but, even then, it was not easy to accept it was an offside goal".

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