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Ronaldo confident ahead of Confederations Cup semifinals



Ronaldo confident ahead of Confederations Cup semifinals

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is not moved by whichever team Portugal will have to face in the semifinals of the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

The Real Madrid striker opened the scoring with a 33rd-minute penalty to help his side book a place in the last four with a comfortable 4-0 win against New Zealand on Saturday.

The Euro champions topped the Group A, and advanced alongside Mexico, who defeated hosts Russia 2-1 at the same time.

And both teams will find out their next stage opponents when Chile, Germany, Cameroon and Australia – in the other group – play their final group matches on Sunday.

“I helped the team, I scored the opening goal and I had a few more chances,” the four-time Ballon d’Or winner said after the victory.

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“We played very well, we wanted to win and get the result in the first half.

“It was hard to play better than we played because the grass was not very good. We know that in the semi-finals both Chile and Germany are great teams, but we are confident.”

Copa America champions Chile and World Cup holders, Germany are currently on 4 points each, while African champions Cameroon and Asian Cup winners are on a point each.

Chile will face Australia while Germany will play Cameroon, for the remaining two tickets into the last 4 of the eight-team tournament.

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