Ronaldo header sinks Russia

  • Portugal register first win at FIFA Confederations Cup 2017
  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s early header earns victory over the hosts

Portugal claimed their first victory at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 after defeating Russia 1-0 in front of a crowd of 42,759 in Moscow on Wednesday evening.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s early header was enough to give the European champions all three points at the Spartak Stadium.

Despite their best efforts, particularly in the second half, the tournament hosts could not find a way past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio in this Group A encounter.

"In the first half, Portugal were obviously the better side. Stanislav Cherchesov’s plan was not working, though it was an individual mistake that lead to Ronaldo's goal. Russia played with just Fedor Smolov up front, and until the 60th minute, he did not have a single opportunity. Russia improved considerably late in the game, particularly after substitutions were made, but Portugal never lost control." Igor Borunov, Russia team reporter
100 Wednesday evening was a special one for Igor Akinfeev. His start against Portugal made it a century of senior international appearances for Russia's goalkeeper and captain.