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Russian Federation scores wild first goal vs. New Zealand at 2017 Confederations Cup

Russian Federation scores wild first goal vs. New Zealand at 2017 Confederations Cup

Hosts Russia kicked off their Confederations Cup campaign with a comfortable Group A victory over New Zealand in St Petersburg.

New Zealand never put Russian Federation under serious threat, with the hosts producing a convincing 2-0 victory in St. Petersburg.

This year's tournament is held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russian Federation and they are Spartak Stadium in Moscow, St. Petersburg Stadium, Fisht Stadium in Sochi and the Kazan Arena in Kazan. "For now all is proceeding well", Tass news agency quoted Peskov as saying.

"All of us, as well as those visiting, must respect the culture and traditions of Russian Federation". But who are the group favourites, key men, and leaders of these four nations, as they bid for global glory just 12 months before the 2018 World Cup gets underway?

It is not just Ronaldo they will need to stop though - winger Bernardo Silva, who missed Euro 2016 through injury, is fresh from winning the French title with Monaco and sealing a big-money move to Manchester City.

"Russian Federation is ready", Colin Smith, director of competitions for global soccer body FIFA, said at a news conference in St. Petersburg yesterday.

Russia, a record low 63rd in FIFA's world rankings, face Portugal on Wednesday and New Zealand play Mexico the same day.

Federation Internationale de Football Association suggested in 2015 that Qatar could stage a Club World Cup in late-2021 as an "operational test event".

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"The Confederations Cup is the main operational milestone on the way to the next year's World Cup". Nevertheless, in this match I think victory will be for Russian Federation, and with a difference of 2 goals - 2: 0, 3: 1.

Only three of the squad, which has a combined total of 104 global appearances, formed part of the 2014 World Cup-winning group and Loew has named seven uncapped players. "Hopefully, the arena in St Petersburg will be a lucky venue for our team".

He said Confederations Cup organisers had notified him that his fan-ID, needed to attend matches, had been cancelled in what appeared to be a further attempt to curb violence.

There are also fears over racist behaviour in the stands, a concern highlighted during a carnival in Sochi last month.

The field consists of eight teams.

Federation Internationale de Football Association is trialing the use of video assistants and wants them to be used at next year's World Cup in Russia.

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".


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