Southampton's Cedric Soares 'Very Happy' After Scoring First Portugal Goal Against Mexico

Southampton's Cedric Soares 'Very Happy' After Scoring First Portugal Goal Against Mexico

New Zealand's players after Chris Wood scored, during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and New Zealand, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Mexico is now topping its group, making it extremely likely that the team - and its supporters - will be back in Russian Federation next year for the World Cup.

The teams are divided into two groups of four.

Juergen Damm missed at least two golden opportunities for Mexico to extend their lead, while at the other end Ryan Thomas was unlucky to see a lovely curling shot rebound off the bar.

"If we don't win this game, or we lose this game, that's probably it for the tournament so we need to do all we can to get the three points".

Earlier this year, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa - a hero of the 2014 World Cup - also asked fans to stop the chant.

With Akinfeev out of position, Andre Gomes's short cross picked out an unmarked Ronaldo mere yards from the goal, but the Real Madrid star somehow put his header wide of the mark.

In the first half, Portugal were obviously the better side.

Ronaldo has not spoken to the media since reports emerged in Portugal of his desire to quit Madrid over a perceived lack of support from the club after Spanish authorities opened an investigation into allegations of tax fraud against the former Manchester United forward.

"It's going to be a tough game against the European champions, plus Ronaldo".

However, the win was bittersweet as Portugal left-back Raphael Guerreiro was hospitalized with a suspected leg fracture. This year's tournament is being held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russian Federation and they are Spartak Stadium in Moscow, St. Petersburg Stadium, Fisht Stadium in Sochi and the Kazan Arena in Kazan.

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But he was all smiles, escorting a young mascot in a wheelchair out onto the Moscow pitch before netting his first Confederations Cup goal.

"Everyone now, after that game, is incredibly determined to make sure we approach this game with the right mind-set and we have one focus which is we want to progress in this tournament", said Kiwi coach Anthony Hudson.

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