Bernardo Silva and Andre Silva, who have made high-profile moves to Manchester City and AC Milan, respectively, this summer, scored smartly taken goals and shone throughout in a mobile, inventive front line.
New Zealand nearly pulled a goal back just before the hour when Tom Doyle flashed a sensational ball into the six-yard box for Chris Wood, but Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio blocked it on the line.
He had found the net in every game with Portugal this season until being deprived in the Confederations Cup opener against Mexico last week, when he was still decisive by setting up Ricardo Quaresma's opening goal.
On the suspension of Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira, also known as "Pepe" the coach said it may be a blessing in disguise because a new player might emerge in his place in the semi-finals.
After a third straight defeat, New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson said he was disappointed that his team allowed two late goals as they pushed forward.
"The tournament is unfortunately over for us but we want to thank the fans", coach Stanislav Cherchesov said in a video statement to supporters.
Federation Internationale de Football Association says it is "still investigating" allegations that members of Russia's 2014 World Cup squad were involved in a doping programme.
Team Mexico cruised past Russian Federation with 2-1 win in the third and final group stage match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, knocking the hosts out from further battle for the trophy, APA reports quoting TASS.
Bernardo has certainly had a stop-start introduction to senior global life but this, his second goal in his 14th cap, was a significant moment and his presence coming off the flank lends Portugal more fluidity between the lines.
The New Zealand men's football team have been beaten four-nil by Portugal in their final match of the Confederations Cup, making it three losses from three matches in pool play.
"We want to win to bring joy to ourselves, to our families and all the Mexican people".
"We started the game really well, and were the stronger of the two teams". We changed our formation, took one of our most consistent players off at the back and had three strikers on the pitch.
Copa America holders Chile lead Germany on goal difference ahead of the final round of matches in Group B, although Australia and Cameroon still harbour outside qualification hopes.
Accuracy is more important than speed, has become the mantra in Russian Federation.