Portugal weighs resting Cristiano Ronaldo for Confederations Cup group finale

Vitaly-Mutko

Vitaly-Mutko

While there is still the smallest of chances that Portugal's draw against Mexico could come back to haunt them at the end of the 90 minutes, the European Champions are expected to cruise past the Anthony Hudson's men, who in Captain Chris Wood's words, are going to play to win. "The organizers and Federation Internationale de Football Association are working like one team, the transport and security system, the loyalty system work fine". "We have sold about 550,000 tickets out of about 730,000".

Russian Federation fans have boosted attendance figures during these finals and it is expected to be a close-to-capacity crowd at Kazan Arena on Saturday but head coach Cherchesov has no doubt that there renewed backing for his players will continue regardless of the result.

Portugal reached the FIFA Confederations Cup semis thanks to a 4-0 win over New Zealand in their final group game in Moscow, Russia.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, is challenged by New Zealand's Michael Boxall during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal, at the St. Petersburg Stadium, Russia, Saturday, June 24.

An interesting stat: Mexico are the most attacking team at the tournament so far, having had 33 attempts on goal, scoring four.

That haul included hat-tricks at the quarter-final and semi-final stage of the Champions League, before finding the target twice in a final victory over Juventus.

"It's many, many millions who every time Cristiano plays are very interested in watching him play, " Santos said.

T he Germans played out a 1-1 draw with Chile in their second group outing after a 3-2 win over Australia in their first match.

Portugal went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock in the 26th minute, but Ronaldo's towering was kept out by the crossbar.

"Even though we lost against Portugal [on matchday two], our fans supported us after the game".

"We will try to approach it (the game against Portugal) with the right attitude and organisation".

Here is all you need to know about the match.

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.

New Zealand sought to tighten things up at the back at the start of the second half, with their surrounding of Ronaldo on one instance indicative of a relative improvement.