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A 34th-minute Cristiano Ronaldo penalty opened the scoring for Portugal against the Kiwis, who had already been knocked out but were eager to go out on a high note, before Bernardo Silva doubled the European champions' advantage three minutes later.

Other teams in Group A includes Mexico and the host, Russia.

A second Portugal goal arrived four minutes later. However, it was not all good news as Bernardo Silva went off injured at halftime, while a needless and reckless challenge from Pepe, with his side 2-0 up, earned the controversial central defender his second yellow card of the tournament, ruling him out of Wednesday's semi-final.

Russian fans in a 56,290 crowd made it clear who they came to see.

Nani replaced Cristiano Ronaldo in the 67th minute and the forward nearly rewarded his coach soon afterwards but his shot inside the penalty box only won his team a penalty.

They held Portugal out - helped by two extraordinary reaction saves from Stefan Marinovic, with one off a Nani shot one of the best stops of the tournaments.

European champion Portugal outclassed a typically robust New Zealand team which extended its winless Confederations Cup run to 12 games across four editions.

However, it created chances to score, and captain Chris Wood was denied only by defender Bruno Alves blocking a low shot at the far post in the 59th.

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Tommy Smith and Michael Boxall were guilty of blocking, but Danilo seemed to hook his foot under Smith's leg and went down very easily in the box.

All White coach Anthony Hudson was pleased with the way his team had worked, and said there were plenty of positive to take from the game.

Portugal booked their place in the semi-finals of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup with a 4-0 defeat of New Zealand on Saturday evening after their last Group A match at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Portugal's 4-0 victory over New Zealand consigned Mexico to a runners-up finish in Group A, setting up a semifinal match against, most likely, either Germany or Chile. Russian Federation then trailed in the match when Akinfeev was outjumped by Hirving Lozano who scored a goal from 20 yards out to seal the semi-final berth of the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Chile's Alexis Sanchez, left, fights for the ball with Australia's Mathew Leckie during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Chile and Australia, at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Mexico's Lozano's sealed the match with a stylish goal.

New Zealand nearly pulled a goal back on the hour when Doyle's ball across the face of goal from the left found Wood at the far post, but Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio recovered to make a sliding block on the line. They also fell at the first hurdle in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.

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