This will be the third Confederations Cup match between two UEFA countries, after France's 3-2 victory against Turkey in the 2003 semi-final and the goalless draw between Spain and Italy in the 2013 semifinal (Spain won 7-6 on penalties).
One major drawback in the game for Portugal was their young left back Raphael guerreiro was left injured in the second half near the one hour mark and had to be substituted to prevent further damage. "The fact we got into those positions says a lot about how we played in the first half. But we were better, we had more chances", he said.
He has been accused by Spanish authorities of evading 14.7 million euros ($16.5m) in tax and has been summoned to appear in court next month in Madrid.
"I would like to apologise to our fans, the way I spoke to one of their assistant coaches was not OK", he said after the feisty contest.
It was a miserable start for the Russian skipper, who was making his 100th global appearance.
The hosts were unlucky not to force an equaliser after a string of chances in a strong second-half display.
A flashpoint came midway through the first half when Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio swore at the New Zealand coaching staff.
Mexico rallied in the second half and equalised through Raul Jimenez in the 54th minute. Russian Federation needs to win the game to get to the playoffs as it lost its previous game to Portugal 0-1 on Wednesday.
"We know how to adapt to different opponents".
All Whites coach Anthony Hudson is devastated his players didn't get what they deserved after falling 2-1 to Mexico in a sometimes spiteful Confederation Cup encounter. "We've all been there", said Rojas.
Federation Internationale de Football Association says "it has been verified that there are no grounds for any disciplinary action to be taken".
Peralta hit the victor in the 72nd minute when Aquino pulled the ball back for the 33-year-old to find the net.
"Do you think he should answer questions from issues outside the game?"