Portugal's goal shower started in the 33 minutes, when Christiano Ronaldo scored a penalty and Pen Bernaldo added a goal four minutes later, which made the first half to end 2-0. Overall though, it was a fair victory. Three times he arrowed the ball too close to Marinovic, who had to leap to push one first-half effort against the crossbar.
But New Zealand manager, Anthony Hudson said his team started very well and stronger of the two teams and "never accepted the result".
"It was a hard pitch where the grass was somewhat too long and it was nearly impossible to play better than we did", he told Portuguese media after picking up his third successive man-of-the-match award.
"This is my mistake, I will take it upon myself" Cherchesov told reporters in the post match press conference at Kazan Arena, moments after the defeat to Mexico. "They're a team with great spirit and capacity".
Tournament hosts Russian Federation were eliminated from the Confederations Cup after losing 2-1 to Mexico in their final Group A game on Saturday.
The win, however, came at a cost as Manchester City-bound midfielder Bernardo Silva was substituted because of an ankle injury.
However, the All Whites keeper could do little when Andre Silva, who cost AC Milan some £33m from Porto, darted into the right of the penalty area before crashing the ball into the top corner.
The veteran forward has always worked well as Ronaldo's partner up front, helping create scoring opportunities and being precise with his finishing in front of the goal.
Mexico had a second-half goal by defender Hector Moreno disallowed for offside after video review.
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Nevertheless Russia took the lead through an Aleksandr Samedov on 25 minutes, before falling behind five minutes later when controversy raised its head again in the form of Araujo heading over Akinfeev to level the score.
"We achieved a result, a good victory and a place in the semi-final, which was our main goal".
Ronaldo opened scoring from the spot in the 33rd minute, as the European champions qualified for the last four.
To compound Russia's misery, Yuri Zhirkov was sent off after receiving a second yellow card on 68 minutes.
Portugal is set to face the Group B runner-up on June 28, while Mexico will square off against the Group B victor on June 29.
Russian Federation was the lowest-ranked team in the eight-nation competition among continental champions plus the World Cup victor and the host nation.
"I'm very proud to make 100 appearances, I hope to do even more", said Moutinho.
"Passions are running high so it's not the time to come to any conclusions", he added.
"I'm confident that all the players who've taken part in the tournament will draw on the experience to develop and mature", he said.
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