Portugal claimed their first victory at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 after defeating Russia 1-0 in front of a crowd of 42,759 in Moscow on Wednesday evening.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s early header was enough to give the European champions all three points at the Spartak Stadium.
Despite their best efforts, particularly in the second half (Why not to joins us share more funny Buy Fifa 18 Coins here https://www.mmo4pal.com/), the tournament hosts could not find a way past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio in this Group A encounter.
“In the first half, Portugal were obviously the better side. Stanislav Cherchesov’s plan was not working, though it was an individual mistake that lead to Ronaldo’s goal. Russia played with just Fedor Smolov up front, and until the 60th minute, he did not have a single opportunity. Russia improved considerably late in the game, particularly after substitutions were made, but Portugal never lost control.”
“An impressive opening half from Portugal put them in the driving seat. After the early goal, it looked like they seemed on course to score two or three. Somehow though, they did not click up front, with the usually deadly partnership of Ronaldo and Andre Silva unusually subdued. Bernardo Silva was the most impressive of Fernando Santos’s changes for this match and he was involved in the majority of fifa Discover More Here attacks. Portugal survived a nervy second half, but got the crucial three points and are now well placed to reach the semi-finals.”
Having scored his 74th goal for Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo proved highly influential again for the European champions and could have added to that early opener on a couple of occasions.