FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP: PORTUGAL VS RUSSIA & MEXICO VS NEW ZEALAND

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RUS 0-1 POR 

The first match of the game was between Russia and portugal, unsurprisingly like many times in the past Ronaldo has won the game for his national side with a delightful header from close range beating the goal keeper easily.

But being the host nation Russia failed to show any intensity in their attacks which can be understood by their failure to register a single shot on target during the entire course of the game, Portugal on the other hand have managed 5 shots on target.

One major drawback in the game for Portugal was their young left back Raphael guerreiro was left injured in the second half near the one hour mark and had to be substituted to prevent further damage.

Russia were putting good amount of pressure on the Portugal back line in the closing moments of the game which proved too little too late for the host nation as they have failed to test rui Patricio all through the game, they had a good opportunity in the last seconds of the game where Dhzikiya rose up well for a corner and had a free header but failed to keep it down and hot it well over the bar.

With this result Portugal move to top of group A followed by Russia In the second spot, however these are temporary standings.

MEX 2-1 NZL

The second game of the day was between Mexico And new Zealand where the ‘EL TRIO’ won the game in latter half of the game.

According to history new Zealand have never won a game against Mexico and the history repeated itself again mexico have outscored new Zealand 16-4 prior this game.

New Zealand drew first blood in this game by scoring in the 42nd minute just before half time and went into the dressing room with a deserved lead at half time.

It took Mexico less than 10 minutes in the second half to find a goal and equal the scoring through Raul Jimenez.

And at 73rd minute Oribe peralta scored the much important second goal that later handed over 3 points for mexico.

Th game was close in terms of possession and the brave new Zealand tried all they could to win this game but in the end the more experienced Mexican side knew how to control the game and emerged as winners, it’s all over for new Zealand in this tournament with a game left.

Mexico sit on the top of the table with 4 points followed by Portugal with same points but Mexico have better goal difference that places them on the top of the table.

 

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