Hosts Russia Ease Past New Zealand In Confed Cup Opener

Hosts Russia Ease Past New Zealand In Confed Cup Opener

World champions Germany and the champions from FIFA's six confederations are competing in the two-week tournament that will allow Russian Federation to test its soccer infrastructure in four of the 11 cities hosting World Cup matches.

Russia's Denis Glushakov, top, chips the ball over New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic to score the opening goal during the Confederations, Cup Group A soccer match between Russian Federation and New Zealand, at the St.Petersburg st.

Live reports from four host cities, interviews with athletes, special guests, and over a dozen matches - don't miss RT's special coverage of the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2017 Confederations Cup, which opens this Saturday in St. Petersburg.

Russian Federation took a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute following an own goal by Michael Boxall.

Federation Internationale de Football Association general secretary Fatma Samoura said on Friday that the estimated attendance for the tournament would be 65 percent, and that Russia's match against European champions Portugal had been sold out for weeks.

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

"We are slightly deflated", the Englishman said in the post-match press conference.

And in the 69th minute, Fedor Smolov scored what proved to be the victor and earned Russian Federation a 2-0 win.

Meant to act as a World Cup preview, the Confedrations Cup is always an interesting look at the top teams from each confederation in the world, as well as the reigning World Cup winners and the host nation of the next World Cup.

Cherchesov felt president Putin's pre-match speech which ended with the proclamation, "Dear friends, let us watch football!"

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"However, we were playing against a very strong Russian team".

Along with Team Russia, they will welcome teams from seven countries: New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico (Group A); and Germany, Chile, Cameroon and Australia (Group B).

Fedor Smolov celebrates scoring Russia's second goal.

A chest-high pass to forward Dmitry Poloz was deftly guided into the path of Denis Glushakov who chipped the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic.

Russia's victory showed it can win a big game at home, even if Putin is in the arena.

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Russian authorities said the Confederations Cup's ticketing system, which requires ticket holders to apply for a personalised fan-ID, ensures that fans are screened and trouble makers are kept away.

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