Santos told a pre-match news conference in St Petersburg that he would similarly rotate his starting XI but refused to confirm whether that means time on the bench for Ronaldo.
Following a fairly uneventful opening 20 minutes Portugal began to apply more pressure with Ronaldo hitting the crossbar with a header just before the half-hour mark.
It also cost Portugal the services of Pepe in the semifinals.
They will be looking to not only qualify for the semi-finals in this match but also win the group as they are being pushed hard by Mexico. "We're not just going there to play against Portugal and Ronaldo, we're going there to get a result". Although certainly the European champions favorites match.
The All Whites' display against Mexico made a lot of people at this tournament sit up and take notice - who is this team from the bottom of the world pushing the North American champions to the limit? - and Santos was keen to emphasise that point.
"Everyone is incredibly disappointed in the changing room and we feel we should have got more", said Hudson.
Ronaldo scored with a penalty kick in the 33rd minute, four minutes before Bernardo Silva slipped a shot into an unguarded goal. Araujo headed the ball into the opposite corner, over goalkeeper Akinfeev.
The second goal came from neat play on the left between Ricardo Queresma and Eliseu to set up Silva from five meters (yards).
"All coaches are asked about it but Portugal is not only about Ronaldo".
His loudest ovation was for applauding back to the crowd when substituted midway through the second half.
Russia's afternoon was completed in the 68th minute after Yury Zhirkov was sent off for elbowing and they were only saved further embarrassment by the video assistant referee who disallowed a third Mexican goal for offside.
"You take Ronaldo out of the team, you still have some world-class players in there as well". Juan Carlos Osorio chose to make eight changes from the first game to the game against New Zealand.
"It's true that the camera shows some things I said but [New Zealand's] assistant coach is responsible for what happened".