Saturday 24th of June in front of 56290 spectators on the Sankt Petersburg Arena, Portugal Football National Team, gave a lesson of football, beating New Zealand’ Anthony Hudson players 4-o and qualifing from the first place from the Group A to Semifinals of Confederation Cup in Russia 2017. The Lusitans were dominating the game from the head to the tail and Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Nani got their names on the score sheet netting after creative combination of their team mates.
First two goals came as a result of combination having as a dispatcher the creativity of Ricardo Quaresma. After the first miss of Cristiano Ronaldo from a close range, the Real Madrid star, got a nice finish from the penalty spot on 33rd minute. Five minute latter the score was doubled by Bernardo Silva, who was replaced after the second half because of an injury.
Individual quality of the players as same as the formation chosen by Fernando Santos, 4-4-2, allowed to control and pass the ball with easy between the line and setting up occasions coming especially from the francs. The statistic show a possession of the ball 36.6/63.4, shoots on goal 4/10, shoot off goal 4/5 and saves 6/4.Despite the loose with a minimal difference of Russia 0-1, the same formation line up didn’t work same way for New Zealand, five defenders, three midfielders and two strikers failed to perform the counter-attacking plan designed to keep at shore versatile Portuguese strikers. Ten minutes before the stoppage time arrived two more goals from Andre Silva and Nani, Portuguese continuing the celebration of their team to next fase.
It was a festival of football in Sankt Petersburg for the audience with an entertaining display and four goals that paved the road to semifinals for Crisitiano Ronaldo and Co. Portugal is followed in semifinals by Mexicans who won the hosts Russian 2-1. UEFA Europeans Champions showed a nice record during the group stage now the new test will be Semi-final where they gonna meet South American Champions, Chile of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanches on 28th of June.
New Zealand Line-up: Stefan Martinovic, Thomas Doyle, Tommy Smith, Andrew Durante(83′ Shane Smeltz), Michael Boxall, Dane Ingham, Ryan Thomas, Michael McGlinchey(46′ Bill Poni Tuilmoma), Clayton Lewis(67′ Kosta Barbarouses), Chriss Wood, Marco Rojas. 5-3-2.
Unused Substitutes: Samuel Brotherton, Deklan Wynne, Themistoclis Tzimopoulos, Glen Moss, Monty Oatterson, Kip Colvey, Alex Rufer, Storm Roux, Tamati William.
Coach: Anthony Hudson.
Portugal Line-up: Rui Patricio, Elieseu, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Bernardo Silva, Nelsinho, Ricardo Quaresma(83’Gelson ), Joao Mutinho, Danilo Pereira, Beranrdo Silva(46′ Pizzi), Cristinano Ronaldo (67′ Nani), Andre Silva. 4-4-2.
Unused Substitutes: Neto , Jose Fonte, Jose Sa, William Carvalho, Andre Gomes, Beto, Adrien Silva.
Coach: Fernando Santos
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