New Zealand 0-4 Portugal 2017 Confederations Cup: match report

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Portugal beat New Zealand 3-0 in Saint Petersburg and results elsewhere went their way to ensure that they finished top of their group heading into the semi-final of the Confederations Cup.

Cristiano gave Portugal the lead just past the hour mark. Danilo was tripped up as Quaresma delivered another lethal cross from a corner. Ronaldo stepped up and sent Marinovic the wrong way to give Portugal the lead after 33 minutes.

That lead was doubled when Quaresma, again, set Eliseu free down the left with a lovely scooped pass that the left-back gathers and brought into the penalty area. He squared for Bernardo Silva, who turned his ankle but not before he could poke home from close range.

Andre Silva made it 3-0 when he finished a slick couneter-attack by the reigning European Champions. He took it out to the right before driving past Marinovic, who was proving a difficult man to beat in New Zealand's goal.

Nani made it 4-0 with time running out as he took the ball just inside the penalty area and drove a left-footed shot beyond Marinovic but at that stage the result was beyond doubt.


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