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Portugal likely to rest Cristiano Ronaldo as semis beckon


Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal are set to rest Cristiano Ronaldo for today's clash against New Zealand as the Euro 2016 winners look to clinch their place in next week's Confederations Cup semi-finals.

Fernando Santos is expected to rotate his squad, leaving out the likes of Ronaldo against the already-eliminated Kiwis. New AC Milan signing Andre Silva should lead Portugal's attack in Saint Petersburg, where Portugal will be the heavy favourites. "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 not going to say whether Ronaldo will play or not, because I don't want our opponents to know.

"New Zealand gave Mexico a few problems and we will have to be on our toes," he added.

Things remain tight in Group A. Mexico are top, level with Portugal on four points but ahead by virtue of having scored one more goal, and face Russia, who are just a point behind in third.

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