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

The eight competing teams comprise the host nation, Russia, the reigning FIFA World Cup champions Germany, and the six holders of the FIFA confederation championships, namely Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and Cameroon.

Last week, Ronaldo was accused by a state prosecutor of four counts of tax fraud totalling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).

Mexico's Hector Moreno, right, celebrates with his teammates scoring his side's second goal during the 2017during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, .

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.

Leeds United's Chris Wood gave the All Whites a first-half lead but second-half goals by Benfica's Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta sealed victory.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio is restrained by a member of staff as players clash during the Fifa Confederations Cup in Sochi, Russia June 22, 2017. So based on history and Nika the polar bear, Russian Federation will be expected to get the win, but based on the calibre of players each team possesses, Portugal should get the three points.

At the same time, New Zealand aren't prepared to just roll over and get beat again and will make the necessary adjustments to get something from the game.




The team has only played four games during qualifying in which have not incurred fines.

"We're determined to approach his game with the right mind-set and we definitely want to progress", said Hudson in Tuesday's press conference.

Russian goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev was tasked with facing a forward line led by the world's best player Ronaldo in his 100th worldwide appearance for "Sbornaya".

Strangely, Portugal have never won in Moscow, losing all three of their previous games there, once to the former Soviet Union and twice to Russian Federation. It's second half erased any potential damage.

Hernandez's diving header against Portugal leaves "Chicharito", Mexico's all-time top-scorer, just two short of the 50-goals tally.

However, playing with a 12th man in the stands can sometimes bring added pressure, which could result in mistakes being made.

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