Portugal win first game at Confed Cup thanks to Ronaldo's header

Portugal win first game at Confed Cup thanks to Ronaldo's header

- Portugal won their second group game at the ongoing Confederations Cup

- Captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored an early goal to give his side the deserved win

- The Seleccao are top of Group A pending Mexico's clash with New Zealand

An early goal from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portugal to a 1 - 0 win over hosts Russia in both team's second game of the ongoing FIFA Confederation's Cup.

The win puts the Selecao on top of Group A ahead of Russia who won their first game against New Zealand.

Portugal started with AC Milan new boy Andre Silva, Manchester City signing Bernadao Silva and defender Bruno Alves.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 9th minute when he rose highest to meet Raphael Guererro's cross from the left.

Portugal win first game at Confed Cup thanks to Ronaldo's header

Ronaldo celebrates his goal for Portugal

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In the 24th minute, Ronaldo was fouled outside the box, but his attempt was straight at Igor Akinfeev who was making his 100th appearance for Russia.

Portugal win first game at Confed Cup thanks to Ronaldo's header

Ronaldo gave Portugal the lead in the 9th minute

In the 63rd minute the Real Madrid talisman had the chance to double the lead when he dribbled past three players, but his effort from the right was off target.

That was how the game ended as Portugal took one step to qualifying for the semi-finals of the competition. It ended: Russia 0-1 Portugal.

Portugal win first game at Confed Cup thanks to Ronaldo's header

Pepe was Portugal's rock at the back

Later in the day Mexico face off against New Zealand in a bid for top spot. The North Americans drew 2 - 2 with Portugal in their first game.

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Source: Sports.naij.com

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