With his team nearly certainly needing to win today, Russian boss Stanislav Cherchesov faced the dilemma of taking the game to Mexico or being more cautious in the opening stages and hoping to get a goal or two on the counterattack.
In the semifinals, Portugal will play on Wednesday in Kazan against the runner-up in Group B, which is now Germany before the final group games Sunday.
"I honestly think that this is a ideal scenario for Mexican football", said Osorio. "We play away from home, against the host team, with a lot of support from their fans, and fighting for the qualification".
If Osorio's squad get the necessary result, they'll likely take on World Cup champion Germany or back-to-back Copa America winners in the semifinal on either June 28 or June 29.
"On paper they seem better than us".
And Nani, Ronaldo's replacement from the bench, added a fourth for good measure, ensuring that Portugal's next generation did not take all the glory as Fernando Santos' men finished ahead of Mexico thanks to a super goal difference after their 2-1 defeat of Russian Federation.
Host nation Russia fought valiantly effort but could not avoid early elimination at the Confederations Cup after a 2-1 loss to Mexico on Saturday in Kazan, Russia, a result that secured the Mexicans in the semifinals of the World Cup warm-up tournament.
Ahead of the match, which kicks off at 3am Sunday morning (NZ time), here's what we know about the opposition.
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"The average audience is about 35,000, and the total number of guests to the games is more than 237,000 already", the deputy prime minister said.
Russia's Alexander Samedov, left, scores during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and Russia, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Saturday June 24, 2017.
"I think we have managed to pull off a qualitative leap after Euros in France in terms of enthusiasm", said Cherchesov in Friday's pregame press conference.
Cristiano Ronaldo gets on the scoresheet as Portugal reach the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 4-0 victory over New Zealand. "We will be at a disadvantage if we enter the game with this mentality".
Andre Silva added a third on 80 minutes before Nani completed the rout in stoppage time to ensure Portugal progressed to last four as winners of Group A, finishing above Mexico on goal difference. We have a great team spirit.
Mexico defender Hector Moreno invited a caption competition.
As can be seen from the coefficients, New Zealand's chances of even a draw in this game minimum.