Russia eases to 2-0 Confederations Cup win over New Zealand

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

Hector Moreno scored a stoppage-time equaliser as Mexico held Portugal to a 2-2 draw in their opening Confederations Cup match.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid superstar's build-up to the tournament in Russian Federation has been overshadowed after he was this week accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding the authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.5m) in tax through offshore companies. "We all hope that the guys play with full commitment, like real warriors and athletes, to at least please the fans with their effort to win". "The way we played created a lot of chances for us so I don't see why that can't be the same this time around".

Mexico head into Sunday's clash having drawn 1-1 with the U.S. in their latest World Cup qualifier, although prior to that they earned comfortable victories over Honduras in a qualifying game and Ireland in a friendly, winning 3-0 and 3-1 respectively.

The late drama took much of the focus away from Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo who, apart from the assist for Ricardo Quaresma's opener, failed to inspire his side.

"We were a bit unlucky in that game. But we're a great side too, and I'm sure we can stop him", striker Raul Jimenez, a Portuguese league and cup double victor with Benfica, told FIFA.com.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said it was not the performance he expected from his team.

"At the start we couldn't enjoy good control of the ball but then we managed to balance things out and could have won it. He is an idol, even for us players", admitted veteran defender Bruno Alves, the 35-year-old who has just signed for Scottish club Rangers.

A Spanish state prosecutor on Tuesday accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 totaling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million), claiming he used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to hide the true amount of income made from image rights, among other means of illegally reducing the amount of tax he paid.

Putin, fully aware of the discord between fans and arguably the worst Russian Federation team in a generation, went on national television on Thursday and told Stanislav Cherchesov's players to shape up, sharpish.

Raphael Guerreiro miskicked a cross into the box, allowing Carlos Vela to play the ball back in for Hernandez to score.

New Zealand will need a sporting miracle to qualify for the World Cup, which is why Russian Federation will not get too excited about a 2-0 victory over them.

Ochoa made a great diving save in the 85th to keep young Portugal forward Andre Silva from scoring with a header.

With Mexico still scrambling at the back, another delivery from the right was flicked into the bottom-left corner by Nani, but the referee - assisted by the VAR - disallowed the goal for offside.

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