Ronaldo header gives Portugal 1-0 win over hosts Russia


A second Group A loss means New Zealand can't reach the semi-finals, regardless of their final group result against unbeaten Portugal on Saturday. There will be Live In Play markets throughout the match, as bet365 Sports offers interactive betting for all Confederation Cup matches.

The first goal in the match was scored on 8th minute into the Russian net by Christiano Ronaldo, who is the captain of the Portuguese side and is now considered the world's top footballer. "We suspect a possible ankle fracture".

He has been accused by Spanish authorities of evading 14.7mn euros ($16.5mn) in tax and has been summoned to appear in court next month in Madrid.

With that, Ronaldo smiled, stood up from his seat and left the room.

Russian Federation had Akinfeev to thank as the CSKA Moscow goalkeeper produced a superb one handed save, diving away to his left to deny the Portugal forward Andre Silva from scoring.

"Do you think he should answer questions from issues outside the game?" He has previously denied any wrongdoing.

Portugal's victory, however, came at a cost as Guerreiro limped off in the second half with what manager Fernando Santos said could be a broken leg. "He's a top quality player and, personally, this might have an impact on his new season as well".

"We thought it would be much more people from our country", he said.

Santos praised his team for their dedication under pressure to hold on to the lead.

"Everyone now, after that game, is incredibly determined to make sure we approach this game with the right mind-set and we have one focus which is we want to progress in this tournament", said Hudson.

Ronaldo's eighth-minute header settled an entertaining contest at the Spartak Stadium and, although the European champions' captain did not have his finest evening, he was still named man of the match by a star struck home crowd.

The second began with the Selecao on the front-foot, with first Andre Silva and then full-back Cedric being denied by Akinfeev.

Russian Federation were poor before half-time and although they improved after it, they were repeatedly hit on the break as they committed men to the search for an equaliser.

Preview After a hard-fought draw with Portugal in their opener, Mexico face New Zealand on Wednesday. "Mexico are a world-class side and we're the smallest team in the competition".

"There's nothing better than when it all depends on you", he said.