Ronaldo heads Portugal to 1-0 win over Russia at Confed Cup

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Russian Federation will be a very tough team to beat today, as they are very close to qualifying from Group A, after they beat New Zealand in their opening match.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo is ready to pay Spain's tax authorities the €14.7 million (Dh60.2m) - the amount he has been accused of defrauding by a prosecutor - ahead of the court hearing, Spanish state TV said last night.

"There wasn't a lot in it tonight, it was very close", New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson said.

New Zealand's superb first-half display rattled Mexico and a tense match boiled over with a mass brawl in the dying stages.

The OFC Nations Cup champions, who went down 2-0 in their opening game against Russian Federation, now sit fourth in Group A behind the hosts, Mexico and Portugal. El Tri couldn't deal with the pressure, as the Kiwis threatened, with a goal only a matter of time.

Portugal took the lead in Group A on Wednesday evening in Moscow thanks to a goal from 32-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo. At the last minute of additional time, when Portugal thought they had won it, Mexico equalized and the game ended 2-2.

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Leeds United's Chris Wood gave the All Whites a first-half lead but second-half goals by Benfica's Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta sealed victory.

New AC Milan signing Andre Silva could have added his name to the score sheet shortly after the break when he beat his marker to Cedric Soares' cross from the right, but Akinfeev miraculously kept out the striker's header with a stunning reflex save to keep Russia's hopes alive. Each team plays three group games and the top two teams advance to the semifinals.

"I'm going to answer in Portuguese and I tell you that tomorrow we have a very important game".

In light of the new rules, a few Mexican fans felt defiant during their opening match against Portugal on Sunday. But despite his first goal for the national team, he has expressed his disappointment at the result against Mexico.

With Russia attempting to sit deep and deny Portugal space in midfield, Raphaël Guerreiro found room on the left flank and delivered an inviting cross to the far post, where Ronaldo made the most of defender Fedor Kudriashov's misjudgment to head home.

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