Confed Cup hosts Russia face decisive match against Mexico

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That haul included hat-tricks at the quarter-final and semi-final stage of the Champions League, before finding the target twice in a final victory over Juventus. "We play away from home, against the host team, with a lot of support from their fans, and fighting for the qualification". Thus, we set in the game for the first command with odds (2.5).

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo's 75th worldwide goal helped lift Portugal to an easy 4-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday and into the Confederations Cup semifinals.

With his team nearly certainly needing to win today, Russian boss Stanislav Cherchesov faced the dilemma of taking the game to Mexico or being more cautious in the opening stages and hoping to get a goal or two on the counterattack.

The Real Madrid superstar enjoyed a stunning sequence of games to end his 2016-17 campaign, netting 16 times in his final 10 fixtures.

"It's an extraordinary scenario because it gives Mexican football and this group of players the possibility of showing that we have the capacity to take on this responsibility, that we have the talent and the determination to play in this scenario. We're not overawed by it, we're looking forward to it". "Everybody wants to watch Cristiano Ronaldo, even I want to watch Cristiano Ronaldo", said Santos through a translator ahead of the match.

"We are very happy to be in the semi-finals", he said. We know what we need to do.

In fact, Mexico and Russian Federation have played to a stalemate in seven of their previous 12 meetings, while Russian Federation has won four and Mexico just one, a victory that came 31 years ago. We've seen everything has been tried and it's not one of those where if you deal with Ronaldo then that's it.

"We played very well, we wanted to win and get the result in the first half, (but) i t was hard to play better than we played because the grass (on the pitch) was not very good". We have a team rule: the maximum trust, the maximum respect and the maximum attitude.

New Zealand lost all four previous matches, scoring in their only one goal. New Zealand finished bottom of the group after losing all three games.

Having spent the New Zealand game on the bench, star striker Javier Hernandez is expected to start while Osorio must make changes after injuries to defenders Carlos Salcedo and Hector Moreno.

He's conceded just once - from Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Guardado said he was glad that Mexican fans have stopped homophobic chants that prompted a warning by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

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