Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Portugal in their 4-0 rout of New Zealand in the ongoing Confederations Cup to progress to the competition’s semi-finals as Group A leaders.
Goals from the Real Madrid forward, Porto’s Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Nani secured victory for the European champions on Saturday, lunchtime.
Ronaldo was the one to break the deadlock in the 32nd minute of the encounter, dispatching an emphatic penalty beyond the All Whites’ Stefan Marinovic after the referee pointed to the spot following a foul on midfielder Danilo in New Zealand’s penalty box.
Bernardo Silva doubled Portugal’s tally before the break with a simple tap-in after a lovely Portugal move on the left flank.
AC Milan’s Andre Silva made it three in the 80th minute after a beautiful solo effort.
Portugal were poised to make sure of their position as group winners and Nani, Ronaldo’s replacement from the bench, added a fourth for good measure.
Portugal will most certainly face either Chile or Germany in the Semi-finals of the competition, this depending on the outcome of Group B fixtures scheduled to be played on Sunday.