Cristiano Ronaldo confident of Portugal's Confederations Cup chances
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 24/06/17 9:49pm
Cristiano Ronaldo feels Portugal should now have their eye on winning the Confederations Cup after securing a place in the semi-finals after a 4-0 win over New Zealand in St Petersburg.
The Euro 2016 champions took the lead on 33 minutes through a penalty from their captain, his 75th international goal, before Manchester City-bound midfielder Bernardo Silva knocked in a second from close range only to pick up an ankle injury which saw him substituted at the break.
Forward Andre Silva wrapped up the comfortable victory with a fierce angled finish on 80 minutes and Nani added a fourth in stoppage time.
With hosts Russia losing against Mexico in Kazan, Portugal progressed as Group A winners, while the All Whites finished bottom following a third straight defeat.
It remains to be seen who Fernando Santos' men will next meet in Kazan on Wednesday, but Real Madrid forward Ronaldo told reporters the focus now should be on lifting the trophy back at the Krestovsky Stadium on July 2.
"We are very happy to be in the semi-finals," he said.
"We played very well, we wanted to win and get the result in the first half, [but] it was hard to play better than we played because the grass [on the pitch] was not very good.
"We know that in the semi-finals both Chile and Germany are great teams, but we are confident and want to win."
While Chile and Germany are currently top of Group B, Australia or Cameroon could yet progress to the knockout stage with an unexpected victory on Sunday.
Portugal coach Santos said at a press conference: "I will analyse the opponents and prepare the game regardless of who we will play.
"It is another phase, totally different, but the aim is to win.
"We have to be better and more consistent, stronger in both ways. You have to try to reach the goal and prevent them from scoring."