Blog by- Harinadh.A.S
Russia: European champs Portugal and Mexico entered the Semi Finals of Confederation Cup. Mexico defeated host Russia for 2-1 in Pool A. Another match in Pool A European Champions Portugal defeated New Zealand for 4-0. With the victories both the teams got selection for the Semi Finals of Confederation Cup. Russia also got out of the semi finals. The Russia- Mexico match was a thrilling one. The both teams needed a victory for their Semi Final entry. But Mexico made the last laugh. Russia made the lead in the match, but they lost. The ten man Russia lost to Mexico. Alexander Samedov made the first goal for Russia in the 25th minute of the match. But Nestor Araujo made the goal from the header and it was missed by Russian goal keeper Akinfeev. Hirving Lozano made the second goal from a simple goal in the 52nd minute of the match. It was again the Russian Goal keeper Akinfeev, who missed it again. Third goal was denied to Mexico for staying Offside
In the Portugal- New Zealand match, The first goal for Portugal was made by the Real Madrid hero Cristiano Ronaldo through a penalty kick in the 33rd minute of the match. After four minutes Bernardo Silva made the second goal. Andre Silva in the 80th minute and Nani in the ad on time of Second half were the other goal scorers of the match. With the victory Portugal became the group champions of Group A and Mexico in the second position in the Group A.
In the Group B, all the teams had the chances for the Semi hope. Australia and Cameroon needs a victory with a good margin of goals. Germany and Chile will look forward for a win to ensure their position on the semi finalists’ list.
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