Juan Carlos Osorio hails Mexico's 'resilience' in defeat of hosts Russian Federation

Portugal's Bernardo Silva right scores his side's second goal during the Confederations Cup Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal at the St. Petersburg Stadium Russia Saturday

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, is replaced by Nani during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal, at the St. Petersburg Stadium, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Hosts Russia have been eliminated from the FIFA Confederations Cup after losing 2-1 to Mexico at the Kazan Arena in Group A today.

European champion Portugal showed 95th-ranked New Zealand the respect of selecting Cristiano Ronaldo and other stars when rest was an option. "We played very well, we wanted to win and get the result in the first half". Shots in the sixth and 76th minutes lacked power to test goalkeeper Rui Patricio, and defender Bruno Alves blocked a low shot at the far post in the 59th.

It did not take long for the European champions to double their advantage through Bernando Silva, who confidently found the back of the net after receiving a pass inside the penalty box.

The former Manchester United player continues to be highly productive in attack and defense thanks to his hard work on and off the ball. "I hope that our next matches will be played against top teams, we have won the hearts and minds to an extent in this month we have been together and we have some reasons to feel optimistic", he added. You have to try to reach the goal and prevent them from scoring.

However, it was not all good news as Bernardo Silva went off injured at halftime, while a needless and reckless challenge from Pepe ruled the controversial central defender out of Wednesday's semi-final.

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Russia's afternoon was completed in the 68th minute after Yury Zhirkov was sent off for elbowing and they were only saved further embarrassment by the video assistant referee who disallowed a third Mexican goal for offside.

Perhaps it's harsh to be too critical of an All Whites team that impressed with their grit and determination in their first two matches, hard-fought defeats to hosts Russian Federation and Mexico.

Mexico defender Nestor Araujo equalised in the 30th minute with a looping header.

Still, Portugal won that final against France after Ronaldo went off injured, and the 32-year-old forward is at the heart of his team in Russian Federation.

It was his 75th goal for Portugal, bringing him level with Sandor Kocsis in second place on the list of Europe's highest worldwide goal scorers.

"I'm confident that all the players who've taken part in the tournament will draw on the experience to develop and mature", he said.

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