The spirited Kiwis made an honest fist of it at a packed National Soccer Stadium in Toronto on Monday, but Portugal's oozing overall class and Bruno Gama's ice-cool set-pieces saw the Lusitanians win out 2-0 to race to the top of Group C.
Beaten but not disgraced, New Zealand, who had a few good chances late in the game, proved they belong here at these finals while Portugal set themselves up at the top of the group with realistic hopes of going far in the Great White North.
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