Portugal and Mexico Through to Confederations Cup Semi-Finals

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It did not slow Portugal down, though, as Andre Silva made it 3-0 in the 81st minute.

In the Group A's other matchday-3 game, Mexico also advanced into the semi-finals after dumping a ten man Russian side out the tournament with a 2-1 win at the Kazan Arena.

No matter how hard the Russian team sought to mend the score and grab the win, the scoreboard flashed 2-1 in favor of Mexico with the final whistle of the match.

Portugal topped Group A and joined the Mexicans after beating last-place New Zealand in St. Petersburg. A whole array of players has driven the team to the top of European football.

Mexico will meet the winners of Group B - which will nearly certainly be Chile or Germany - in their last-four encounter in Sochi on Thursday, but Hernandez is not concerned about which team they face.

Mexico's Lozano's sealed the match with a stylish goal.

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It was a typically efficient performance from Portugal, who never looked in danger despite a sluggish start.

Along with veteran Bruno Alves, Pepe has been key in Portugal's style which has long relied on a solid defensive set up that allows Ronaldo the freedom to thrive in the attack.

Ronaldo expressed his delight at firing Portugal into the semi final after netting his 75th worldwide goal in yesterday's 4-0 thrashing of New Zealand.

The former Monaco winger had to go off right after with an ankle injury picked up from scoring the goal.

The 33-year-old defender made a strong run to byline, pulling back for Bernardo Silvo's clinical finish.

But Cherchesov remained "optimistic" with the World Cup less than a year away and praised his young squad.

"We knew it could be complicated because we had seen New Zealand play Mexico and the problems they caused the Mexicans".

New Zealand nearly pulled a goal back on the hour when Doyle's ball across the face of goal from the left found Wood at the far post, but Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio recovered to make a sliding block on the line.

Portugal dominated all aspects of play early on Sunday (AEST), firing in 22 attempts on goal with 12 on target and earning 12 corners to New Zealand's one.

"Against a team like this there are many teams that would have done that but we didn't". Play had continued for about 30 seconds before the game was stopped for the review.

Four minutes later and it was 2-0, Ricardo Quaresma releasing left-back Eliseu down the left with a clever flick and his cross was turned in by Bernardo Silva.

The most-capped player in the squad - the Mexico game was his 101st global appearance - Akinfeev's bulletproof consistency in the Russian Premier League has kept him the undisputed national-team No. 1 for years.

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