Mexico's Salcedo ruled out of Confederations Cup

New Zealand, meanwhile, crash out after a heart-breaking defeat, Ryan Thomas hitting the crossbar late on.

The sound of reaching a semi-final by the end of Saturday would be soothing, certainly, and Cherchesov will be encouraged by the fault-lines Mexico have shown in defence so far.

Mexico ended the day as Group A leaders with four points, ahead of Portugal on goal difference. "We've all been there", said Melbourne Victory's Rojas, whose inventive attacking play was to the fore before the break.

Portugal's victory, however, came at a cost as Guerreiro limped off in the second half with what manager Fernando Santos said could be a broken leg.

Mexico made eight changes for the second game against New Zealand and will be without defender Carlos Salcedo, while PSV Eindhoven's Hector Moreno is also a doubt.

Portugal are set to rest Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday's clash against New Zealand as the Euro 2016 winners look to clinch their place in next week's Confederations Cup semi-finals.

Portugal dominated all aspects of play early on Sunday (AEST), firing in 22 attempts on goal with 12 on target and earning 12 corners to New Zealand's one.

The first part of that equation should be completed without alarm, although the second looks much tougher with Argentina, and Lionel Messi, now fifth in the CONMEBOL confederation.




The Kiwis' superb first-half display and Chris Wood's shock goal rattled Mexico and a tense match boiled over with a mass brawl in the dying stages.

"I am proud of what my team did, it's normal to have to suffer at this level, but we deserved to win", said Osorio.

"The average audience is about 35,000, and the total number of guests to the games is more than 237,000 already", the deputy prime minister said. "We have a clear understanding of what we need to do".

Portugal topped Group A with seven points from three games, ahead of Mexico on goal difference after the CONCACAF champions beat hosts Russian Federation 2-1.

Little under 10 minutes into the second half, Raul Jimenez brought Mexico level and then Orile Peralta grabbed the victor with 18 minutes remaining.

For Russia, anything but a victory will mean an early exit from its home tournament, although advancing was already seen as a hard task in a group with Mexico and Portugal.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has tried to stop the practice of teams kicking the ball out of play to allow treatment to injured opponents after it became routinely abused by players feigning injury to waste time or break up an attack.

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