Portugal's Santos and Ronaldo criticise St Petersburg pitch

Saturday is a big day in Group A at the Confederations Cup tournament in Russian Federation with three teams battling for two spots in the semifinals.

"It is another chance for us to play top quality opposition", the 25-year-old striker said. "The organizers and Federation Internationale de Football Association are working like one team, the transport and security system, the loyalty system work fine".

Osorio said Mexico has been waiting for this type of game. "We have sold about 550,000 tickets out of about 730,000". Several players missed clear scoring opportunities throughout the match in front of 41,585 fans at Kazan Arena.

Portugal cruised into the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup as Group A winners after Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Nani secured a 4-0 victory over New Zealand on Saturday.

"Even if you take Ronaldo out of the team, you still have world-class players like Ricardo Quaresma and Nani, we have a game plan and we won't be over-awed", said Kiwi coach Anthony Hudson. "We started from the ground up and we are trying to take steps to reach higher goals".

However, it was not all good news as Bernardo Silva went off injured at halftime while a needless and reckless challenge from Pepe ruled the controversial central defender out of Wednesday's semi-final. "That's very important. In all games we go on to the pitch to win, we have that confidence in ourselves".

Ronaldo was the one to break the deadlock, dispatching an emphatic penalty beyond Stefan Marinovic to score on the 30th birthday of nemesis Lionel Messi. New Zealand finished bottom of the group after losing all three games.

"We'll try to counter their strengths and exploit their weaknesses, but we need to be focused". "We will be at a disadvantage if we enter the game with this mentality".

In the FIFA Confederation standing table, Portugal is in the second place with four points whereas Portugal is in the last place with zero points. Carlos Salcedo is out of the remainder of the tournament after dislocating his shoulder in the New Zealand game and Hector Moreno will be a last minute decision after picking up an injury himself.

"FIFA know about this and I hope that in a week's time it will be better". "Not only here, but also at home in World Cup qualifiers we will be playing in the future".


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