New Zealand now can not progress but another match against top-class opposition will help the Oceania champions close the worldwide gap.
"We have spent several seasons playing friendlies, but official games are different".
"They work hard, they fight hard and they have some good quality players who play in England and have good strengths".
For Russia, anything but a victory will mean an early exit from its home tournament, although advancing was already seen as a hard task in a group with Mexico and Portugal.
We have a definite plan but I would not want to go into details.
"If we play like we did the other night, I have all the confidence in the world".
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Ronaldo's fine form has continued in the colours of Portugal, with a brace in a World Cup qualifier against Latvia followed by two efforts at the Confederations Cup - taking him to 56 in 55 games. "We need to control the game and to show to ourselves, especially, that we can compete under such hard circumstances".
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"I don't think the nature of the game is changing", the 70-year-old coach said.
They would also qualify with a loss if Portugal lose to New Zealand by the same margin.
"Everybody wants to watch Cristiano Ronaldo, even I want to watch Cristiano Ronaldo", the coach said Friday, smiling when asked how Russia's enthusiasm for the world's best player compared to other countries.
Portugal have four points after they conceded an equaliser in stoppage time to draw their opening match 2-2 against Mexico.
While there is still the smallest of chances that Portugal's draw against Mexico could come back to haunt them at the end of the 90 minutes, the European Champions are expected to cruise past the Anthony Hudson's men, who in Captain Chris Wood's words, are going to play to win.