Portugal, Mexico through to semi-final — FIFA Confederations Cup


"Every goalkeeper is entitled to commit mistakes and it is something you have to live with", he told reporters. The next match it hosts will be the final and that time could be used to iron out some early problems.

"I've worked with pleasure and will continue my work with the team".

In St Petersburg, Portugal coasted to a 4-0 win over New Zealand but it came at a cost as the Manchester City-bound Bernardo Silva was substituted because of an ankle injury.

Hector Moreno looked like he'd put the game to bed for Mexico but the video assistant referee correctly ruled his strike offside and Russian Federation survived.

Russian Federation had raised the hopes of their fans by taking a first-half lead through Alexander Samedov but were quickly pegged back by Nestor Araujo's equaliser on the half hour. "So we were forewarned", he said. If there was really a foul, then VAR is not needed.

Portugal celebrate scoring a goal. "They are two world powers and our objective is to reach the final and win, with total modesty and humility and showing respect as we have done until now".

To make matters worse for the hosts, Zhirkov was sent off for a second bookable offence with a quarter of the match to go.

And Mexico went ahead shortly after the interval when Lozano beat Akinfeev to Hector Herrera's long up-field clearance before bravely heading into an empty net from the edge of the area.

Hirving Lozano gave the lead to Mexico when he scored his team's second goal seven minutes after the start of the second half.

"I didn't see the replay on this episode because I was dealing with something else".

"World-class players have that ability", Pizzi said.

"Against a team like this there are many teams that would have done that but we didn't". Everyone is entitled to an error. "So sometimes there are errors", he added.

Making it worse, in the 68th minute of the game, Yury Zhirkov was sent off for elbowing his opponent. Any slender hope disappeared when substitute Igor Smolnikov came on for Aleksandr Erokhin and within moments volleyed over after finding himself unmarked and just yards from goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo's 75th worldwide goal helped lift Portugal to a comfortable 4-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia, and into the Confederations Cup semifinals. While the hosts bow out, Mexico progress as Group A runners-up to play the winners of Group B in Sochi next Thursday.

"We have some positive aspects". At centre-forward Andre pulled the New Zealand centre-backs around with his intelligent movement and could have scored at least once more.

"Some 75 percent of our players had never played in such a big tournament". Maybe new ones will appear.

"We started very well and were probably the stronger of the two teams, we could have potentially have gone 1-0 up".