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

Portugal take on New Zealand in their final Group A match as they look to finish atop their group ahead of current leaders Mexico.

Fernando Santos will likely poberezhet major players in the semi-final battle.

"He may still participate in the Confederations Cup but, first of all, we have to win the game tomorrow. At Euro 2016, we won four games and the fact that it was done in extra time shows our good preparation to play long games", he said. With Mexican team Santos, of course, I had to challenge, but the match against Russian Federation demonstrated how strong is now "European Brazilians". "Now, I will analyse the opponents and prepare the game regardless of the opponent".

Chile: The champions of CONMEBOL advance with a win or draw over Australia and can advance with a loss as long as they maintain superior goal differential.

"We have to be better and more consistent, stronger in both ways".

Nani completed the scoring with his 25th worldwide goal.

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson felt his side could return home with plenty to build on despite not being able to register a victory.

New Zealand at least came close through captain Chris Wood but their threat was akin to a water pistol when compared to Portugal's heavy artillery with the All Whites' Stefan Marinovic standing between his team and a real pasting. "So we were forewarned", he said.

"We can't play a game of this magnitude being afraid of losing", Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado said. However, they can still cause a huge upset by beating Portugal and giving the hosts an outside chance of qualifying.

"This team are on the right path, they have got great character, great belief and it's a young team moving in the right direction". "We play away from home, against the host team, with a lot of support from their fans, and fighting for the qualification". "We had three strikers on the pitch and got caught at the end".

Like he did before the Mexico game, Hudson called on the Kiwis to be "brave" against the European champions.

The Oceania champions were far from disgraced but have now completed four participations in the tournament without winning a game and have an overall record of 11 defeats and a draw in 12 matches. We have a definite plan but I would not want to go into details.

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