Host Russia exits Confederations Cup after loss to Mexico

Host Russia exits Confederations Cup after loss to Mexico

Host Russia exits Confederations Cup after loss to Mexico

Portugal opened the scoring through Ronaldo's penalty in the 33rd minute.

The Russian side played rough in the second half of the match and it did not go unnoticed by referees as Fedor Kudriashov was handed a yellow card and then Russia's midfielder Yury Zhirkov was ordered to leave the pitch getting a red card for elbowing a Mexican player in the face.

Portugal is set to face the Group B runner-up on June 28, while Mexico will square off against the Group B victor on June 29.

Mexico have scored 2-1 over hosts Russian Federation in Kazan taking them through to the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

However, Portugal had always looked more likely, particularly with Ronaldo leaping like a salmon, and extended their lead in the 37th minute through Silva.

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Forward Andre Silva, 21, is the team's leading scorer this season after Ronaldo, and recently was praised by the Real Madrid player.

"We're obviously at a disadvantage", Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said.

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

The former Russian Federation goalkeeper, who was appointed in the aftermath of the team's Euro debacle, said he hoped his players would learn from their three matches.

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When Ronaldo began to dominate All Whites defenders in the air midway through the first half, an aerial challenge saw him left in a heap.

Bernado Silva scored Portugal's second.

The lead was quickly doubled when Bernardo Silva slotted home on 37 minutes after getting on the end of Eliseu's low driven cross, although the winger was injured in the process and later replaced.

Ronaldo converted the spot kick, with unbelievable precision, and the goal let the pressure off, as frustration was just starting to build among the European champions.

Andre Silva wrapped up a comfortable victory with a fierce angled finish on 80 minutes, and Nani added a fourth in stoppage time. Defender Michael Boxall and substitute Kosta Barbarouses also went close.

The All Whites have ended their Confederations Cup adventure with a crushing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Portugal.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said that the entire squad underwent pre-competition and post-match doping tests, which were all negative and which were under FIFA's direct control.

Russia's Aleksandr Erokhin reacts during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and Russia, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Based on their performances in Group A at the Confederations Cup, which has seen them win against lowly New Zealand and lose to Portugal and Mexico, Russia will require plenty of luck when the draw is made for the World Cup in December if they are to have any prospect of progressing to the knock-out stages in their own tournament.

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