Cristiano Ronaldo leads Portugal to FIFA #ConfedCup semis as hosts crash out

Mexico forward Hirving Lozano took advantage of an very bad mix-up in the Russian defence to score an extraordinary goal which gave his side a 2-1 win and knocked the Confederations Cup hosts out of the tournament on Saturday.

After the draw with Portugal, Mexico's coach Juan Carlos Osorio made eight changes against New Zealand, which back-fired and his side only reacted when they fell behind. They can't afford to let their guard down today.

After turning in a poor performance in their 2-0 loss to Russian Federation, the All Whites were much improved against Mexico, leading 1-0 at halftime before going down 2-1, but Portugal portends to be their toughest test yet.

Portugal's Bernardo Silva, right, scores his side's second goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal, at the St. Petersburg Stadium, Russia, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

A draw for Mexico on Saturday would leave the team with five points and clinch a semifinal berth.

Mexican players celebrating their go-ahead goal against New Zealand.

"I think we've managed to pull off a quantitative leap in terms of enthusiasm", he told a news conference.

"We played very well, we wanted to win and get the result in the first half, (but) i t was hard to play better than we played because the grass (on the pitch) was not very good".

"The enthusiasm of the New Zealand people to see Cristiano play is common to the whole world", he said. Here is what you need to know about tomorrow's big game. "But like I said - the only team not the champion of their respective continent is us".

Portugal won six of the last seven official games.

On the offensive end they have been able to play around Cristiano Ronaldo in brilliant fashion.

Just before half-time, Portugal forward Andre Silva lashed out at Michael Boxall after a tussle with the New Zealand defender, which left him with a torn shirt - but could easily have also resulted in a red card. Hector Moreno starts despite his injury concerns.

Hosts Russia took a deserved 25th-minute lead through Aleksandr Samedov, but Nestor Araujo equalised for Mexico with a looping header on the half hour. As always, Anthony Hudson's men will look to be aggressive, but they will be up against the best defence they've faced yet, and they might do little more than leave themselves exposed going the other way.