Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Ronaldo heads Portugal to 1-0 win over Russia at Confed Cup

Elias Hubbard | 22 June, 2017, 10:14

With the win, Portugal are now topping Group A with four points from two games while Russian Federation are in second place with three points from two games.

The Madrid star has been making headlines in recent weeks following accusations that he defrauded Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7million.

"As you know, FIFA is very serious about the chanting that we do when the goalkeeper takes a kick, and the possible sanctions are serious", the federation said.

In the first half, Portugal were obviously the better side.

Hosts Russia could not have made a better start to the FIFA Confederations Cup, following up a spectacular opening ceremony with a 2-0 defeat of New Zealand in the opening match of the tournament.

The four-time Ballon d'Or victor - the world's highest-paid athlete according to Forbes magazine - has said his "conscience is clear" in the matter but has reportedly threatened to leave Real.

Ronaldo proved the main threat throughout the first half as the hosts offered little going forward, and he tested Akinfeev with a 25th-minute free kick before forcing the keeper to block with his legs seven minutes later.

The battle between Russian Federation and Portugal will be played at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, starting at 11:00 am ET.

World soccer governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association said on Tuesday it had warned Mexico over what it said were "insulting and discriminatory" chants during their first Confederations Cup match in Russia. "We deserved to win and the team are to be congratulated".

The hosts will have vocal home support as their captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is set to make his 100th global appearance.

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. Each team plays three group games and the top two teams advance to the semifinals. New Zealand's hopes of a first-ever victory in its fourth appearance at the World Cup warm-up tournament were thwarted nine minutes into the second half.

"I thought it was freaky really, it was like we had elbowed the player the way it was going on", said Hudson. The first goal in the match was scored on 8th minute into the Russian net by Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the captain of the Portuguese side and is now considered the world's top footballer.

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