/Ronaldo scores, Portugal eases past New Zealand 4-0

Ronaldo scores, Portugal eases past New Zealand 4-0


AP

Published 1:00 p.m. ET June 24, 2017 | Updated 16 minutes ago

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo’s 75th international goal helped lift Portugal to an easy 4-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday and into the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Ronaldo scored with a penalty kick in the 33rd minute, four minutes before Bernardo Silva slipped a shot into an unguarded goal.

Andre Silva dribbled deep into the New Zealand penalty area to score with a rising shot in the 80th and substitute Nani shot low past goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic in stoppage time.

Portugal finish top of Group A on goal difference ahead of Mexico, which also advanced by beating host Russia 2-1 in Kazan.

European champion Portugal outclassed a typically robust New Zealand team which extended its winless Confederations Cup run to 12 games across four editions.

Ronaldo was denied three times with headers by New Zealand’s…

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