Portugal have won their second group game of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, beating hosts Russia 1 – 0.

The European champions’ lone goal came through captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored in the 8th minute after heading the ball past Russia’s Igor Akinfeev from a Guerreiro cross.

Portugal controlled the game for most of the first half, with new Manchester City signing Bernardo Silva dominating play.

Russia were more active in the second half, though they still had Akinfeev to thank for keeping the scoreline as it was after he made an amazing save to deny Andre Silva.

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Russia had won their first group game, beating New Zealand. Portugal had drawn 2 – 2 with Mexico.


Russia: Akinfeev, Samedov, Dzhikija, Vasin, Kudryashov, Zhirkov, Shishkin, Glushakov, Golovin, Smolov, Kombarov.
Subs: Gabulov, Smolnikov, Gazinsky, Poloz, Kambolov, Bukharov, Kutepov, Miranchuk, Kanunnikov, Erokhin, Tarasov, Guilherme.

 Rui Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Andre Gomes, Ronaldo, Andre Silva.
Subs: Jose Sa, Luis Neto, Fonte, Joao Moutinho, Nelson Semedo, Danilo Pereira, Pizzi, Nani, Gelson Martins, Eliseu, Quaresma, Beto.