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Santos, meanwhile, is expecting his squad to be tested by the hosts, who are in a strong position to qualify from Group A having beaten New Zealand in the tournament's opening match on Saturday.

Last week, Ronaldo was accused by a state prosecutor of four counts of tax fraud totalling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million).

"Raphael was just taken to the hospital", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said after the game.

A horribly played first half on Wednesday could have been enough to doom Mexico's chances at the Confederation Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo's 8th-minute strike proved to be the difference as European champions Portugal beat host Russian Federation in their Group A game of the 2017 Confederations Cup at the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow on Wednesday.

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In the first half, the new Zealanders are in no way inferior to one of the favorites of the group A, and therefore wood's goal shortly before half-time did not surprise anyone.

And Russia know the key to derailing Portugal is ensuring Ronaldo has a quiet match at Moscow's Spartak Stadium.

At the same time, New Zealand aren't prepared to just roll over and get beat again and will make the necessary adjustments to get something from the game. Each team plays three group games and the top two teams advance to the semifinals.

"We caused them a lot of problems so we go into this game with our own game plan".

It was a miserable start for the Russian skipper, who was making his 100th global appearance.

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"Mexico are a world-class side and we're the smallest team in the competition".

He said this game is a chance for the All Whites to pick up where they left off against Russian Federation and again show their ability to compete with the world's best teams.

"We don't want to go in and be fearful, or negative or sit back and let Mexico do what they want".

It was a relief for the Mexicans, who were fielding eight changes from the team who opened with a 2-2 draw against Portugal.

Today at 16:00 GMT, Russia takes on Portugal in Moscow and Cristiano Ronaldo very focused on leaving victorious.

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Javier Hernandez cancelled out Quaresma's opener shortly before halftime and the two goals in the last six minutes ensured the teams shared the points.

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