"We played very well, we wanted to win and get the result in the first half, (but) i t was hard to play better than we played because the grass (on the pitch) was not very good".
"If the team is so much higher than us in rankings, on paper they are better than us". Three times he arrowed the ball too close to New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, who leaped to push one first-half effort against the crossbar.
A second Portugal goal arrived four minutes later.
Mexico needs just a point from the final Group A match to progress to the semifinal stage and ensure Russian Federation becomes dependent on an unlikely New Zealand victory over European champions Portugal in St. Petersburg.
Can the scrappy New Zealand All-Whites build on their aggressive, and impressive, performance in a 2-1 loss to Mexico, pulling off a shocking upset over the European Champions in their final 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Group A match?
Russian Federation had seen two penalty appeals rejected before taking the lead after 25 minutes, Alexander Samedov finishing well from inside the box after Aleksandr Erokhin teed him up after a mis-kick.
Ronaldo, who is Portugal's all-time leading scorer, opened the floodgate of goals as he netted in the 33rd minute, his 75th goal for his country, and Bernardo Silva added the second four minutes later.
Andre Silva, profiting from a Ricardo Quaresma assist made it 3-0 in the 80th minute when he finished his attractive individual effort with a superb strike from inside the box.
"The interest shown by foreign colleagues in the activities of the NCMC is related to the organization of the security at the events of 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup of FIFA-2017, as lots of fans from New Zealand and Australian are attending the tournament", the ministry's press service said.
Portugal swiftly doubled their lead when Eliseu's risky low cross from the left was forced home by Silva, although there was brief concern for the new Manchester City signing as he landed awkwardly on his ankle.
As for Saturday's victory, Santos suggested the scoreline might have been a bit unfair to a New Zealand.
Osorio told his postmatch news conference: "One of the biggest things this team has got going for it is its resilience".
The post Confed Cup: Portugal, Mexico Win, Zoom Into Semis; Hosts Russia, New Zealand Crash Out appeared first on Complete Sports Nigeria. New Zealand finished bottom of the group after losing all three games.
Scored his ninth goal of the season and 10th goal in his last 16 games.