A Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portugal have beaten FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup hosts Russia in their Group A match in front of a sell out crowd in Moscow.
Ronaldo’s headed goal on eight minutes was enough to seal victory and a first ever win for Portugal on Russian soil, having failed in four previous visits.
The win also means Portugal now sit top of Group A on four points ahead of Mexico and New Zealand’s game later on Wednesday night.
Russia goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev was tasked with facing a forward line of the world’s best player Ronaldo in his 100th international appearance for ‘Sbornaya’.
Ronaldo was unusually cheered by the Moscow crowd whenever he broke forward, but as the game’s early stages developed, it became apparent that the crowd’s encouragement of the Real Madrid winger was redundant.
Just eight minutes had past when Ronaldo found himself in acres of space at the back post to head home unopposed and make it 1-0 to the visitors, Dmitry Kudryashov was the player guilty of allowing Ronaldo room.