June 24th saw the final Group A match. This time between Portugal vs New Zealand.
The favorite for this match was Portugal. The reason being, Portugal according to Fifa’s rankings is the 8th best national team in the world. New Zealand is at the spot of 95th, so this match Portugal was expected to have a cake walk. Though of course, New Zealand could upset Portugal. Now this game was pretty important for Portugal, as a win would see them win the group.
The action started after 19 minutes. In this minute, New Zealand’s Clayton Lewis received a yellow card. Only 2 minutes later, Portugal’s Nelson Semedo received his own yellow card. By the 33rd minute Cristian Ronaldo–one of Portugal’s forwards–broke the deadlock via a penalty. Portugal now led 1-0. The 37th minute saw New Zealand subbed on Bill Poni Tuiloma to replace Michael McGlinchey. Following the substitution Portugal scored again thanks to Bernardo Silva–a Portuguese midfielder–. Portugal now had a 2-0 lead. While there were other events that took place in between these goals, and even after going into halftime these were the highlights.
Portugal now seemed 45 minutes away from winning Group A. Within the first minute of the second half Portugal had subbed out Bernardo Silva for Pizzi. The 56th minute saw Portugal’s Pepe receive a yellow card. By the 65th minute New Zealand subbed out Clayton Lewis for Kosta Barbarouses. Two minutes later Portugal subbed in Nani for Cristian Ronaldo. By the 74th minute, we saw yet another substitution as New Zealand subbed out Andrew Durante for Shane Smeltz. The 80th minute saw André Silva score Portgal’s 3rd goal. Portugal now led 3-0. Two minutes later New Zealand’s Dane Ingham received a yellow card. The 84th minute showed Portugal sub in Gelson Martins for Ricardo Quaresma. Then during added time Portugal’s Nani scored. Portugal now led 4-0. The 90th minute came, and the match was over.
As this match would decide if Portugal would win the Group, they had to make sure they won. They did this quite easily. Mexico now advanced, but not in the number 1 position. As such, Portugal now was destined to have a easier match then Mexico. There chances of winning The Confederations Cup was now raised.
The Confederations Cup still some more matches to look forward to. We will be covering all the other matches, so if you are interested in what happens for each match but can’t watch them live, then we have got you covered. Big matches will be covered live with play-by-play–our play-by-play focuses on key moments, though a lot is covered–.
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