Portugal is aiming to book a ticket to the semi-final of the Confederations Cup with a win over New Zealand.
After a win and a draw, the Seleccao sits behind Mexico in second place in Group A via goal difference. The CONCACAF Champions themselves are set for a crunchy showdown with Russia in the final game of the group. The host nation will also progress if they manage to get a victory over the Mexicans.
STREAMING OPTIONS: WHERE TO WATCH NEW ZEALAND VS PORTUGAL
Watch Cristiano Ronaldo live in action on Saturday, June 24, 2017. The official live listings of selected countries below for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup game are courtesy of LiveSoccerTV.com. Listed by country, alphabetically:
- Ghana at 3:00 PM UTC on SuperSport 3 Africa, SupserSport Select GO, SuperSport Select, Kwesé Sports 2, Kwesé Free Sports, Startimes Sports Premium
- India at 8:30 PM IST on Sony LIV, Sony Six HD, Sony Six SD
- Nigeria at 4:00 PM WAT on Startimes Sports Premium, SuperSport 3 Nigeria, SuperSport 3 Africa, Kwesé Sports 2, SuperSport Select, SupserSport Select GO, Kwesé Free Sports
- Portugal at 4:00 PM WET on RTP 1
- Spain at 5:00 PM CEST on Gol
- UK at 4:00 PM BST on ITV 4 UK
- United States at 11:00 AM EDT onFOX Soccer Match Pass, SiriusXM FC, Fox Sports 1 USA, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC UNIVERSO NOW, Fox Sports GO, NBC UNIVERSO, fuboTV
Portugal has the upper hand among all the three countries seeking qualification. A potential goal fest against their Oceania opponent will not only seal their fate but will also make them winners of Group A. New Zealand, despite almost pulling a shock victory over Mexico in their last fixture, have been out of their depth in the competition.
— New Zealand Football (@NZ_Football) June 23, 2017
Their miseries could be augmented coming up against Ronaldo and his Euro 2016 winning side. Nevertheless, the head coach of the Oceania champions believes his players won’t be awed by the huge presence of the current world best player. The Real Madrid star has been involved in two of the three goals scored by the Seleccao in the competition so far.
GIF: Ronaldo goal vs Russia – Conf. Cup 2017 pic.twitter.com/UlHbu3EzAn
— RMadridVids (@RMadridVids) June 21, 2017
His sensational performances have attracted two successive Man of the Match awards. It is no surprise that he has been in impressive form for a while now and he will most certainly be aiming to keep it as such unless the rumors of Fernando Santos opting to rest him turn out to be true.
Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017:
? Games: 32
⚽️ Goals: 32
? Assists: 7
Goal-scoring machine ?? pic.twitter.com/qopyFKYw1w
— Football Facts (@FootbalIFact) June 21, 2017
Otherwise, with Cristiano enjoying the needed freedom in the company of new boys Andre Silva and Bernardo in the attacking front, the game should easily be a formality for his side who are yet to lose a competitive game since 2014.