Bernardo Silva doubled Portugal's lead four minutes later when he connected with a pass inside the box and slammed home low into the middle of the net.
The New Zealand side maintained 2-0 trashing status quo till 80th minute when Andre Silva scored the third goal and Luis Carlos, popularly known as' Nani' crowned the goals in the first minute of extra time.
Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.
A typically robust New Zealand team was outclassed at times and extended its winless Confederations Cup run to 12 games across four editions.
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Chile's Alexis Sanchez, left, fights for the ball with Australia's Mathew Leckie during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Chile and Australia, at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Sunday, June 25, 2017.
Portugal have progressed through to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup with a 4-0 win over New Zealand.
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Ronaldo's goal was his 75th with Portugal, taking him level with Sandor Kocsis in second on the list of global goals for European players, and he said he was happy to contribute.
Ronaldo's sharp headers could have turned an easy win into a rout.
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Ronaldo was denied three times with headers by Marinovic, who made eight saves and used his big body to block second-half shots by Silva and Nani.
The only blot for Portugal was a booking for defender Pepe - his second of the tournament - to leave him suspended for the semifinal. Porto midfielder Herrera fired in a deep cross to the far post where Araujo lifted the ball over Akinfeev and into the opposite corner.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos gave New Zealand a boost by withdrawing Ronaldo 23 minutes from the end, but substitute Nani almost made a swift impact, latching on to Quaresma's cross and slamming a powerful shot at Marinovic from 10 yards.
Ronaldo twice threatened the New Zealand goal in quick succession, nodding straight at goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic on 24 minutes and then clattering the crossbar shortly after with another header from a Ricardo Quaresma cross.
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