Russian President thanks Federation Internationale de Football Association as Confederation Cup begins

Pauline Gross
June 22, 2017

The final is also scheduled to take place in St Petersburg on July 2.

Hosts Russia are in Group A with Portugal, Mexico, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners, and New Zealand, the 2016 Oceania champions.

Russian Federation and New Zealand will open the 2017 Confederations Cup on Saturday at Saint Petersburg Stadium.

Federation Internationale de Football Association wants video review approved next year for the World Cup to help decide key incidents: goals scored, penalty awards, red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

The 2017 edition is being held over a fortnight with two groups containing the six winners of the Federation Internationale de Football Association confederations tournaments joined by world champions Germany and hosts Russia.

"Here, on modern football arenas there will be tough, honest, fair fight until the last minutes of the match", Putin said in Russian, adding that the eight-team, two-week event would "unite nations and continents, to promote the values of fair and handsome play".

Russian Federation was also unhappy they didn't get a penalty before the end of the first half.

The match saw New Zealand's Michael Boxall score an own goal as he tried to clear a shot from Denis Glushakov.

But this was Putin's show.

Once match tickets are bought online, through the Federation Internationale de Football Association website, which requires log-in details, fans then must register on the www.fan-id.ru website and will receive an official badge to wear to games in the post.

In what was likely their best chance for a result in their group, world No 95 New Zealand were outclassed by the 63rd-ranked home team and spent nearly the entirety of the match at Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg on the back foot.

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Asked about his team's chances in the tournament, he said: "We're confident we can do well".

It will be the first meeting between Russian Federation and New Zealand, the champions of Oceania, in the post-Soviet era. "We made too many mistakes, but that means we still have plenty of homework to do".

Russia's win certainly eased the pressure on winning its second game, against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in Moscow on Wednesday.

"Iceland had a great campaign last year and tournaments are full of people stepping up and going to the next level as a nation", the 25-year-old said.

Samoura said pre-match announcements in the four Confederations Cup stadiums can start a process that allows referees to pause play to broadcast warnings, and ultimately abandon games.

Russian Federation deserved its first-half lead after twice having shots stopped on the line in the opening 10 minutes.

The deadlock was almost broken yet again five minutes later, a long ball putting Poloz through one-one-one only for Marinovic to make a timely sliding tackle as Russia's penalty pleas were rightly denied.

Dmitry Poloz then went down under a challenge from New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic in the area, but the Colombian referee waved away the penalty appeals and there was no intervention from the video assistant.

In front of Vladimir Putin, Russia cruised to a 2-0 victory in the $1.4 billion Krestovsky Stadium.

Putin also stressed Russia's "responsibility and decisiveness to hold the Confederations Cup at the top level".

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