Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game

Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game

Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game

Portugal coasted to a 4-0 win over New Zealand in St Petersburg and secured their place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.

Ronaldo's 33rd-minute goal was followed by strikes from Manchester City-bound Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Nani.

Andre Silva and Nani added late goals despite his best efforts.

The North American champion had rested several players who started in a 2-2 draw against Portugal, including forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.

However, defender Pepe will miss Portugal's semi-final after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament.

In the second half, New Zealand had a shot cleared off the line, but Marinovic was called into a couple of excellent stops to keep the scoreline respectable.

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The Oceania champions were far from disgraced but have now completed four participations in the tournament without winning a game and have an overall record of 11 defeats and a draw in 12 matches.

"We know we've played some really good football at times".

The world No.8 side were a class above the hard-working Kiwis, nailing two goals in each quarter in an emphatic display which leaves them top of Group A ahead of Mexico.

Four minutes later, Eliseu was set free down the left by Ricardo Quaresma's clever pass and he pulled the ball back into the middle where Bernardo Silva turned it into the net, although he suffered a knock on the ankle in the process.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos gave New Zealand a boost by withdrawing Ronaldo 23 minutes from the end, but substitute Nani almost made a swift impact, latching on to Quaresma's cross and slamming a powerful shot at Marinovic from 10 yards.

Nani drilled in a fourth goal for Portugal during stoppage time.

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