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Confederations Cup: Portugal, Mexico into semifinals

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Confederations Cup: Portugal, Mexico into semifinals

Portugal finished top spot in Group A after beating New Zealand 4-0 in their last group game at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia on Saturday.

The result means the Euro champions have booked their ticket into the semifinals of the eight-team FIFA-organized tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 33rd-minute goal plus goals from Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Nani made sure New Zealand finished bottom after a third straight defeat.

Mexico also progressed to the semifinals as they knocked hosts Russia out of the tournament with a 2-1 victory elsewhere.

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Russia, who will be hosting next year’s World Cup finals, are thus out of the competition that is meant to test run the facilities already in place.

In Group B, Copa America champions, Chile and World Cup holders, Germany will both progress to the last four if they avoid defeat on Sunday.

Chile will face Australia while Germany, Cameroon, as already-qualified Portugal and Mexico await their possible opponents in the last 4.

 

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