Mexico has scored twice in a busy second-half performance to overcome New Zealand 2-1 and destroy the All Whites' dreams of securing their first Confederations Cup victory at the 11th attempt. "Portugal survived a nervy second half, but got the crucial three points and are now in a strong position for a place in the semi-finals".
Ronaldo, the matchwinner in Wednesday's group-stage encounter, instead gave a swift response to FIFA.com, saying: "Obviously we are very happy, it is the first time that Portugal wins in Russian Federation".
"We can all agree that Mexico are a world-class team, so I am expecting a really, really good game and I expect us to show a lot of spirit". He has been accused by Spanish authorities of evading 14.7mn euros ($16.5mn) in tax and has been summoned to appear in court next month in Madrid.
Veteran defender Rafael Marquez, the only player in the current side to have also played in the title-winning Mexican team in 1999, came on in the 72nd minute for what might just be his final global cap and the 38-year-old's presence immediately calmed his teammates.
"Raphael was just taken to the hospital", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said after the game.
Only a superb one-handed reflex save from Akinfeev, who made his 100th global appearance, stopped Andre Silva's bullet header just after the break. The European champions struggled to kill off the game despite several chances and could have conceded when Georgy Dzhikiya headed narrowly over in stoppage time.
On Saturday they need to beat Mexico in their final group game to avoid an embarrassing first-round exit from the Confederations Cup. "We managed to change a few things in the second half, and were able to attack".
"We know how to adapt to different opponents".
Mexico and New Zealand play in Sochi on Wednesday evening, before Russian Federation face Mexico and Portugal play New Zealand in the final Group A games on Saturday.
Mexican media said the chant was also heard at matches at home to Honduras and the USA earlier this month, although Federation Internationale de Football Association could not immediately reached for comment on whether disciplinary proceedings had been opened in those cases.
"In some regards, they have that team spirit which represents not only the New Zealander national soccer team, but also the All Blacks and rugby teams".
Mexico were level after 54 minutes though when Raul Jimenez turned and fired a shot from the edge of the box into the far corner. But Portugal soon found the back of the net again and this time it was accepted.