Putin to attend Confed Cup opening match

Ebony Scott
June 19, 2017

Hosts Russia have beaten New Zealand 2-0 in St. Petersburg to get their Federation Internationale de Football Association 2017 Confederations Cup campaign off to a winning start.

An own goal by Michael Boxall and an easy tap-in by Fedor Smolov was all Russian Federation needed to defeat Oceania side New Zealand in the opening fixture of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Report informs that the 8th competition is like test before the 2018 World Cup.

"Come to Russia! You will feel the best football tournament ever".

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Mexico's Carlos Vela jump for the ball during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

They all slid in at the same time but the ball dribbled into the net and was awarded to Boxall as an own goal.

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"We're completely ready for the tournament", Russia's deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told Friday's press conference.

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A new pitch had to be hastily laid before kick-off after uprooted chunks of grass and bare spots on the field spoiled the first match held at the new venue in April. They hardly needed to be in dispatching No. 95 New Zealand, which seemed to find the world stage too big.

Putin this week demanded better results from the 63rd-ranked Russian Federation team and for the players to perform like warriors.

"I believe we will have the same team as we did in this game against Portugal".

Pizzi says the Chile staff is "optimistic from the images we've seen, but we understand and know that the player still feels pain, and that's why we'll wait until tomorrow to decide if he plays". We're all feeling fearless and will take things on full of optimism.

"I liked New Zealand's team but luckily we managed to cancel out their strengths and displayed ours, and that was the key to our win tonight", Cherchesov said.

"This is why we play all of the hard games in the Islands".

Madrid sports media is awash with headlines suggesting Ronaldo wants out.

"We're confident that the Confederations and World Cup in Russian Federation will be completely safe".

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