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Andre Silva dribbled deep into the New Zealand penalty area to score with a rising shot in the 80th and substitute Nani shot low past goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic in stoppage time.

"We faced a rival that needed to win and had nothing to lose, and we competed very well against them", Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said.

"Overall, there were some really positive signs in the game", he said.

Even so, coach Anthony Hudson was proud of his side, who refused to shut up shop in the second half. "We never stopped. We created chances, we put them under pressure, so we could have got a little more out of this tournament", he told reporters.

Mexico also progressed to the semi-finals as they knocked hosts Russian Federation out of the tournament with a 2-1 victory.

The Real Madrid striker opened the scoring with a 33rd-minute penalty to help his side book a place in the last four with a comfortable 4-0 win against New Zealand on Saturday.

With 12 minutes of the half remaining, however, Ronaldo gave Portugal the lead from the penalty spot after a foul by New Zealand's Thomas Doyle gave him the chance to net from 12 yards. They expected three or possibly four points from Group A and they ended up with three, with a goal difference of three goals in favor and three against.

Team Mexico cruised past Russian Federation with 2-1 win in the third and final group stage match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, knocking the hosts out from further battle for the trophy, APA reports quoting TASS.

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Santos withdrew Ronaldo on 67 minutes with the semi-finals in mind, and his replacement Nani almost struck within moments of his introduction only for Stefanovic to brilliantly tip behind his deflected shot.

Six minutes after Samedov's goal, Nestor Araujo sent a looping header over Igor Akinfeev to level.

Mexico also had a second-half goal by defender Hector Moreno, but was ruled offside after video review.

Mexico went ahead seven minutes after the break, Akinfeev making a calamitous decision to come for a long ball and missing it, allowing Lozano a simple finish. Shots in the sixth and 76th minutes lacked power to test goalkeeper Rui Patricio, and defender Bruno Alves blocked a low shot at the far post in the 59th.

Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma, right, kicks the ball past New Zealand's Dane Ingham and New Zealand's Michael Boxall, left, during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal, at the St. Peters.

"It's an excellent stadium but it's a shame the pitch has problems", he told reporters.

"Our style of play is very physically taxing, the players have to make a great effort", Pizzi said.

"Passions are running high so it's not the time to come to any conclusions", he added.

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