FIFA Confederations Cup 2017
Stadion Krestovskyi, St. Petersburg, Russia
37′ Bernardo Silva
80′ André Silva
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FT: The result means that Portugal finish at the top of Group A on seven points, ahead of second-placed Mexico on goal-difference, while hosts Russia finish in third on three points and bow out of the competition alongside New Zealand, who finish bottom without a point.
FT: The Oceanic Champions created some good chances and should have pulled a goal back when Wood looked set to tap-in from a Doyle cross but his effort was cleared on the goal-line by Alves before a long-throw fell to substitute Barbarouses but his deflected effort was saved well by Patrício. Wood then tested Patrício from-range before Boxall was brilliantly denied by Patrício after the Sporting keeper clattered into Alves. Barbarouses then combined with a teammate before firing an effort over the bar.
FT: The European Champions created some good chances and went close when a Ronaldo header was parried by Marinovic before André Silva was denied by a smart save from Marinovic. Substitute Nani was then denied by a fantastic reaction-save after a pull-back from Quaresma before Eliseu tested Marinovic from-range. André Silva then made it four with a fine solo-goal after Quaresma won possession in the New Zealand half before Nani added a late fourth.
FT: So Portugal defeat New Zealand to seal top-spot in Group A and progress into the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Semi-finals.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+1′ Chance!! Barbarouses exchanges passes with a teammate before firing an effort over the bar.
90’+1′ Goal!! André Silva finds Nani, who beats Ingham before firing a powerful effort across Marinovic and into the bottom-corner.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
87′ Chance!! A long-cross falls to Boxall after Alves and Patrício collide into each other but his effort is smothered terrifically well by the Sporting keeper.
85′ Patrício is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.
85′ The delivery is cleared.
84′ The delivery is cleared before Pereira concedes a corner down the other end.
83′ Martins finds André Silva, who has an effort blocked before his follow-up deflects just wide.
83′ Final Portugal change sees Quaresma replaced by Gelson Martins.
82′ Rojas fires an effort over the bar from-range.
81′ Tuiloma is booked for a foul on Pizzi.
80′ Goal!! Quaresma wins possession and finds André Silva, who surges forward and beats two players before firing home into the top-corner.
78′ Nani cuts-inside before firing an effort wide.
76′ Close!! Eliseu fires an effort at-goal from-range but Marinovic makes a comfortable save.
75′ Close!! Wood fires an effort at-goal from-range but Patrício makes a comfortable save.
74′ Wood is penalised for a foul on Pepe.
73′ Final New Zealand change sees Durante replaced by Shane Smeltz.
71′ Thomas is penalised for a foul on Pizzi.
70′ The corner is cleared.
70′ Smith concedes a corner.
69′ The corner comes to nothing as Pereira heads wide.
68′ Chance!! Quaresma pulls the ball back to Nani, who looks set to score but his deflected effort is palmed away brilliantly by Marinovic with a fine instinctive-save.
67′ Chance!! A long-throw falls to Barbarouses in the area but his effort deflects kindly for Patrício.
66′ Second Portugal change sees Ronaldo replaced by Nani.
64′ Second New Zealand change sees Lewis replaced by Kosta Barbarouses.
63′ Chance!! Moutinho plays André Silva through on-goal and he cuts-inside before firing an effort at-goal that Marinovic saves well with his trailing leg.
59′ Chance!! Semedo sends a fine delivery into the path of Ronaldo, whose glancing-header is parried away by Marinovic.
58′ Chance!! Doyle sends a teasing delivery across the face of goal into the path of Wood, who looks set to score but Alves makes a fine block to clear the danger on the goal-line.
54′ Pepe is booked for a foul on Doyle.
51′ Quaresma wins a corner.
49′ The corner eventually comes to nothing.
48′ Smith concedes a corner.
45′ New Zealand get the second-half underway.
45′ During the interval Portugal make their first change with Pizzi replacing Bernardo Silva.
HT: So will Portugal hold onto their lead or will New Zealand produce a surprise come-back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Portugal will need to add to their tally in order to put the tie to bed and seal their place in the Semi-finals of the competition. The European Champions will have to be at their best defensively as they won’t want to concede a goal to the Kiwis as it may create an element of vulnerability in the side. New Zealand need to provide Wood with better service. The All Whites have got into some promising positions but have lacked the cutting-edge in the final third and the strikers have been isolated. They have to be at their best defensively or it could be an embarrassing defeat for the Ocean Champions, who are already out of the competition.
HT: New Zealand initially started well and went close when Wood fired an effort at-goal that Patrício saved well.
HT: Portugal created some good chances and went close when Ronaldo met a Quaresma cross with a header but it was straight at Marinovic, following a corner before Ronaldo struck the bar with a header from another Quaresma cross. Pereira then headed an effort just wide via a deflection following a corner before Ronaldo put Portugal ahead from the penalty-spot after Pereira was bundled over from a corner by Doyle. Bernardo Silva then doubled their lead when he tapped home from Eliseu’s pull-back.
HT: So Portugal lead at the break.
45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45′ There will be two additional minutes.
43′ Semedo fires an effort wide from-range.
42′ Ronaldo wins a freekick.
41′ The corner comes to nothing as Pereira is penalised for a foul.
40′ Moutinho wins a corner.
37′ Goal!! Eliseu does well to get to the byline before pulling the ball back to Bernardo Silva, who taps home. The former Monaco midfielder is receiving treatment for a slight knock he took in scoring the goal.
36′ First New Zealand change sees Bill Tuiloma replace McGlinchey.
34′ Eliseu wins a freekick.
33′ Goal!! Ronaldo sends Marinovic the wrong way to put Portugal ahead.
31′ Penalty!! Pereira is bundled over in the area by Doyle.
31′ Close!! The delivery is met by Pereira with a header that deflects off Smith and drifts inches wide.
30′ Moutinho wins a corner.
27′ The corner is dealt with.
26′ The delivery is cleared by Durante for another corner.
26′ Durante concedes a corner.
25′ So close!! Ronaldo meets a Quaresma cross with a header that canons off the bar.
24′ Smith fires an effort wide from-range.
23′ Chance!! The corner is initially cleared before a Quaresma cross is met by Ronaldo with a header but it’s straight at Marinovic.
22′ The corner is blocked by Thomas and out for another corner.
22′ Semedo wins a corner.
20′ Semedo is booked for a late challenge on Doyle.
19′ André Silva wins a freekick.
18′ Lewis is booked for a cynical foul on Eliseu.
12′ Wood is caught offside.
9′ Eliseu wins a freekick.
6′ Pereira is caught by a high-foot from Smith and is receiving treatment.
5′ Close!! Wood does well to control a cross from Lewis8′ Danil before firing an effort at-goal that Patrício saves well.
1′ André Silva is caught offside.
0′ Portugal get the game underway.
New Zealand: Stefan Marinovic (GK), Tom Doyle, Tommy Smith, Andrew Durante, Michael Boxall, Michael McGlinchey, Marco Rojas, Ryan Thomas, Dane Ingham, Chris Wood, Clayton Lewis
Portugal: Rui Patrício (GK), Eliseu, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Nélson Semedo, Danilo Pereira, Ricardo Quaresma, João Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, André Silva