The Kiwis will breathe a slight sigh of relief if Ronaldo is rested. AFP / Alexander NEMENOV
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Portugal are set to rest Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday's clash against New Zealand as the Euro 2016 winners look to clinch their place in next week's Confederations Cup semifinals.Fernando Santos is expected to rotate his squad, leaving out the likes of Ronaldo against the already-eliminated Kiwis. 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."The Portuguese probably don't want to be playing New Zealand right now".Like he did before the Mexico game, Hudson called on the Kiwis to be "brave" against the Euro champions. After the draw with Portugal, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio made eight changes against New Zealand, a plan that initially backfired before his side recovered after the break.
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