All eyes on Russia — FIFA Confederation Cup

Let me remind you that Russian Federation rivals: New Zealand, Portugal and Mexico.

New Zealand are now without a win in 10 Confederations Cup matches and next play Mexico on Wednesday in Sochi.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - What Vladimir Putin wants, Vladimir Putin tends to get.

World champions Germany and the champions from FIFA's six confederations, including Australia, are competing in the two-week tournament that will allow Russian Federation to test its football infrastructure in four of the 11 cities hosting World Cup matches. Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has not played since sustaining a calf injury in April, and has been ruled out of Sunday's game.

The Russian players during their final training session ahead of today's match against New Zealand.

But Russia sealed victory in the 69th minute when New Zealand fail to react fast enough to Samedov squared pass across goal - and there was Fedor Smolov to slot home unmarked from just a few yards out. FIFA President Gianni Infantino will also attend the match.

This project has changed the landscape of the Russian football and football in the entire world.

Writing in his column on West Ham's website, Fonte said: "We are obviously used to spending time together away at tournaments, and it helps that we have a great bunch of lads and are all very close". They hardly needed to be in dispatching No. 95 New Zealand, which seemed to find the world stage too big.

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"The game didn't go how we wanted to go", New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson acknowledged. "As far as I know, thorough preparations have been made". "We were always more risky than them, both in our organised play and on the counter attack".

Russia's coach suggested it was an advantage to have such a pep talk.

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

Portugal face Mexico at the Kazan Arena while Cameroon and Chile will meet at the Otkritie Arena in Moscow.

"Cristiano is totally focused in helping our team". The versatile full-back-turned-winger has underlined his array of skills for Dortmund this season, showing that his match and tournament-winning performances for his country were no one-hit wonders.

"It is the first step to the English Premier League now", Cherchesov said in English as he looked across to his also-smiling forward at a news conference.

Nearly 25 minutes into the second half, Russian forward Fedor Smolov cannoned another goal for his team after having received a flawless assist from Alexander Samedov.

"The clashes between the fans in Marseille a year ago were ugly", Alexei Sorokin, the CEO of Russia's organizing committee, told AFP in a recent interview.

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