The hosts face Mexico in Kazan on Saturday realistically needing a win to seal their place in the semi-finals, given that they are a point behind Mexico and Portugal in the table and the European champions face struggling New Zealand in their game. They can't afford to let their guard down today.
The Portugal national team trained in St Petersburg on Friday preparing to take on New Zealand in their final Confederations Cup group game.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos gave New Zealand a boost by withdrawing Ronaldo 23 minutes from the end, but substitute Nani almost made a swift impact, latching on to Quaresma's cross and slamming a powerful shot at Marinovic from 10 yards.
Portugal and Mexico now await the top two teams from Group B, with world champions Germany and South American champs, Chile favourites to qualify from there.
Coming off a stunning 2-1 win over New Zealand on Wednesday, the Mexican futbolistas will have their work cut out for them as both Mexico and Russian Federation attempt to qualify for the next round.
However, it was not all good news as Bernardo Silva went off injured at halftime while a needless and reckless challenge from Pepe ruled the controversial central defender out of Wednesday's semi-final. They'll no doubt be eager to compete against one of the world's best players, but they'll be heading home shortly thereafter.
New Zealand had made a positive opening, with Leeds forward Chris Wood seeing his shot saved. "We are building a team that is showing that it can play against any opponent in any situation. We know very much what we need to do".
Coach Fernando Santos said the teams were prevented from training on it the day before the game.
Club or country, it does not matter to Cristiano Ronaldo as he continued his remarkable scoring run at the Confederations Cup.
"New Zealanders will try to show their talent". Carlos Salcedo is out of the remainder of the tournament after dislocating his shoulder in the New Zealand game and Hector Moreno will be a last minute decision after picking up an injury himself.
I was reading that Mexico were going to beat us 3, 4 or 5-0. Oswaldo Alanis is Mexico's only other natural left-footed centre-back but Osorio might think there's a lack of leadership in the back and might go with legend Rafael Marquez to play a role one way or another.