Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game

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Portugal weighs resting Ronaldo for New Zealand game

"We have to manage the players and there will be rotation based on how the players are feeling, but it's easy when you have a group you trust", said Santos. "I'm glad that also happens in New Zealand".

Keep an eye out for the top scorers on Mexico's team, like midfielder Raul Jimenez, defender Hector Moreno, and forward Oribe Peralta.

Cristiano Ronaldo notched up his 75th worldwide goal as Portugal turned on the style to beat New Zealand 4-0 and top Group A.

New Zealand had made a positive opening, with Leeds forward Chris Wood seeing his shot saved. "We know very much what we need to do".

The Kiwis will breath a slight sigh of relief if Ronaldo is rested with the Real Madrid star having netted 15 times in his last nine games for club and country.

"On paper they seem better than us".

The 32-year-old's 74th worldwide goal delivered a win over Russian Federation on Wednesday, meaning a draw against the pointless Kiwis would be enough for the Euro 2016 champions to advance to the last four. New Zealand put in an admirable effort against Mexico, and even took the lead in the first half, but ultimately couldn't hold on as the Mexicans superior talent showed through.

Fernando Santos has rejected the notion that Portugal is an unworthy European champion due to its lack of wins inside 90 minutes at Euro 2016.

Portugal went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock in the 26th minute, but Ronaldo's towering was kept out by the crossbar.

"Our players and myself were shouting at them and the New Zealand coach to stop the match".

Portugal coach Santos said at a press conference: "I will analyse the opponents and prepare the game regardless of who we will play".

"So whoever we face in November, it will be the fifth-best team in South America".

What time does the New Zealand vs Portugal match start? If you remove Cristiano, they will still remain a side with a lot of high-quality players.

"The situation in which Carlos Salcedo was left on the ground gave them a goalscoring chance", added the Colombian. We do not think that we will play only against Ronaldo. I was reading that Mexico were going to beat us 3, 4 or 5-0.

"I don't see why they can not go on and win this tournament", the English coach said. "We've changed quite a bit in terms of our line-up, our game, our attitude and the fans see that". We had a chance to get a draw.

"This tournament is important for us, every game we can constantly review and we don't always get that luxury".

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