Portugal sees Ronaldo fully focused on Confederations Cup

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Confederations Cup

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Confederations Cup

It's played a crucial part in the ongoing game between Portugal and Mexico.

Germany is the top-ranked team in the eight-nation Confederations Cup, at No. 3, but it came to Russian Federation with a second-string squad that has only three players from the team that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Bassogog scored his only goal of the tournament with a 93-minute left-footed shot to seal their 2-0 semi-final win over Ghana before his team beat Egypt 2-1 in the final.

The match should prove to be one of the best this weekend and one of the best in the group stage of the Confederations Cup.

Both teams were lined up on the pitch for an unusual pre-match protocol, looking up at the VIP boxes to hear from Russia's leader and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, before being able to complete their preparations.

"For us it is very important to make people in the country fall in love with the national team", said Smolov, who scored into an unguarded goal to finish an attack he started with a surging run into the penalty area.

Portugal has won six of its last seven games.

"It doesn't matter what your name is or the league you play in: we're all in this together and we're all fighting for the same objective".

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"I don't know him personally but I know him as a player", Degenek says.

Ronaldo will be able to focus his fans' minds on playing after widespread suggestions this week he wants to leave Real Madrid and Spain, where his tax affairs are under investigation. "Cristiano is concentrated 100 per cent on helping the team, he's an example to all of us, a great athlete".

"Regarding Ronaldo, he is motivated, and what I can see is that he is taking the competition very seriously and is totally dedicated to training and thinking about the next game against Mexico", Silva told reporters ahead of the European champions' opening game.

Two of the top contenders for the Confederations Cup title are meeting early in the tournament, with Portugal and Mexico making their Group A debut on Sunday in Kazan.

Why the defense of the Portuguese will be vital really comes down to Chicharito. New Zealand's Michael Boxall got a touch on the ball and was credited with an own goal.

Russia's victory showed it can win a big game at home, even if Putin is in the arena.

Federation Internationale de Football Association is trialing the use of video assistants and wants them to be used at next year's World Cup in Russia.

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