The second cycle of group-stage games in the FIFA Confederations Cup commenced on Wednesday with two Group A contests played in Russia.
Despite all the distractions over his status with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the match in the eighth minute as Portugal knocked off Russia 1-0.
Raul Jimenez (54') and Oribe Peralta (72') each scored a second-half goal as Mexico eliminated New Zealand from the tournament 2-1.
Group A Standings:
1. Mexico (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
2. Portugal (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
3. Russia (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
4. z-New Zealand (GP: 1; GD: -3; PTS: 0)
NOTE: Mexico has scored four total goals, compared to three for Portugal.
z-Eliminated from tournament