Wednesday 23 August 2017

Ronaldo strikes to see off Russian hosts

Ronaldo needed just eight minutes to make his mark. Photo: Reuters/Darren Staples
Ronaldo needed just eight minutes to make his mark. Photo: Reuters/Darren Staples

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Cristiano Ronaldo's 74th senior international goal gave Portugal a 1-0 win over hosts Russia in the Confederations Cup yesterday.

Only goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who was winning his 100th cap, denied Portugal victory by a greater margin as he made great saves from Ronaldo and Andre Silva either side of half-time.

Ronaldo, making his 141st appearance for his country, needed just eight minutes to make his mark.

Raphael Guerreiro was given space wide on the left to deliver an inviting cross to the far post, where the Real Madrid striker made the most of defender Fedor Kudriashov's misjudgement to head the ball home.

Meanwhile, ugly scenes marred Mexico's 2-1 victory over New Zealand as Oribe Peralta got his side out of jail in Sochi.

Players from both sides became involved in an unseemly melee deep into injury time after Mexico skipper Diego Reyes dragged back Michael Boxall, who then lunged at substitute Hector Herrera. Gambian referee Bakary Gassama reviewed the incident before remarkably issuing only yellow cards to all three players involved in the initial clashes, but no more.

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