Ronaldo scores, Portugal eases past New Zealand 4-0

Jun 25, 2017, 01:12

Portugal topped Group A with seven points from three games, ahead of Mexico on goal difference after the CONCACAF champions beat hosts Russian Federation 2-1.

Andre Silva wrapped up a comfortable victory with a fierce angled finish on 80 minutes, and Nani added a fourth in stoppage time.

Southampton finished eighth in the Eglish Premier League last season, losing 16 games, and also reached the EFL Cup final, their first major final since 2003.

Bernardo Silva swiftly doubled the lead with a close-range finish, but landed awkwardly on his ankle and was taken off at half-time.

More news: Trump takes a Twitter victory lap, taunts Democrats for losing special elections

Both nations have four points, with group leaders Chile facing Australia on Sunday while Germany meet Cameroon at the same time.

Ronaldo was the one to break the deadlock, dispatching an emphatic penalty beyond Stefan Marinovic to score on the 30th birthday of nemesis Lionel Messi.

The early exchanges were very subdued, with neither side offering a great deal of attacking spark in St Petersburg.

Ronaldo was central again a few moments later, meeting another Ricardo Quaresma cross with a header which came back off the crossbar.

More news: Proposed DUP deal would not undermine Good Friday Agreement, insists May

A second Portugal goal arrived four minutes later. Do not miss the chance to watch Bernardo Silva!

New Zealand skipper Chris Wood almost grabbed a lifeline for the All Whites on the hour, but his back-post effort was scrambled off the line by a combination of Rui Patricio and Bruno Alves.

And they nearly gave themselves a lifeline just before the hour, as Doyle flashed a sensational ball into the six-yard box for Chris Wood, whose eventual effort was crucially blocked by Bruno Alves.

Marinovic made impressive saves to deny Ronaldo, Andre Silva and Nani but was powerless stop Andre Silva when he collected the ball on the halfway line, ran at two defenders who backed off, and fired his shot into the far corner.

More news: Wallenda to discuss hanging by teeth over Niagara Falls

Loading...
loading...
loading...
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • JK: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch sector

    JK: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch sector

    Singh on Thursday hailed the Indian patrolling team at the border, citing that it makes it hard for the Pakistan Army to enter. The Indian Army has been retaliating strongly to the ceasefire violation in the Khari Karmara areas of the sector.
    Panamanian President Defeats Trump Handshake

    Panamanian President Defeats Trump Handshake

    Trump and Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela spoke briefly with reporters in the Oval Office when Trump made the remark. And then came the non sequitur: "The Panama Canal is doing quite well, I think we did a good job building it".
    UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes hurt in truck-train collision

    UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes hurt in truck-train collision

    UFC president Dana White said to ESPN his family is on its way to the medical center. " His family is traveling to him now ". Hughes last fought in the UFC in 2011 before retiring from the sport, although he had hinted at a comeback in recent months.
  • Ready to face midterm elections, says a defiant Fadnavis

    Sangma. "In the current scenario, the Sena is still out safest bet for a stable state government", a senior BJP minister said. BJP president Amit Shah has said his party has been pro-free trade and free agriculture policy since its inception.
    More than 20 dead from forest fires in central Portugal

    More than 20 dead from forest fires in central Portugal

    The Associated Press, citing Portuguese media, reports that investigators trace the cause to a "dry thunderstorm". The forest fires are the worst to have hit Portugal since 1966, when 25 soldiers died fighting several blazes.
    Brexit negotiations to go ahead on Monday, Government confirms

    Brexit negotiations to go ahead on Monday, Government confirms

    DUP leader Arlene Foster insisted that any deal with the Conservatives would not undermine the province's peace accords. However, a soft Brexit would be a "daft" option, a political analyst told CNBC on Wednesday.
  • Fabinho sends message to Man United fans about 'tempting' transfer

    Unsurprisingly, Manchester United cropped up as a topic and Fabinho was asked what Man United shirt he would wear next season. Fabinho has described the prospect of joining Manchester United as a "tempting invitation".
    NRATV's Colion Noir has Some Strong Words about Philando Castile's Death

    NRATV's Colion Noir has Some Strong Words about Philando Castile's Death

    After Yanez reached Castile's driver's side window, roughly 30 seconds passed before Yanez fired his weapon. Unlike Reynolds' video, the squad-car video shows the situation's quick escalation and the shooting itself.

    Seattle love, dread of activist investor help clinch Amazon M&A roles

    The Amazon-Whole Foods combination could put even more pressure on rival grocery chains and other big grocery sellers. These three have begun offering some of what Whole Foods offers, forcing the supermarket chain to cut prices.
  • Air Force Thunderbird Jet Has 'Mishap' on Landing in Ohio

    Air Force Thunderbird Jet Has 'Mishap' on Landing in Ohio

    In 2013, a stunt performer and pilot were killed during the air show when their aircraft crashed during a public demonstration. A Thunderbird F-16 was involved in an incident Friday while practicing for an OH air show, according to multiple reports.

    Hundreds of households to be evacuated in wake of London tower fire

    McCormack said the Hotpoint model FF175BP refrigerator-freezer had not been subject to any product recalls before the fire. Thermal cladding is to be removed from 10 London tower blocks as a precaution following the Grenfell Tower fire .
    AIIB's second annual meeting begins in S.Korea

    AIIB's second annual meeting begins in S.Korea

    Jin also expressed confidence about the possibility of the USA and Japan becoming member states: "The door is always wide open". Jin's positive remarks were seen as the bank being open toward possible economic projects between the two Koreas.
popular