Ballet, pop stars & folk dances as Russian Federation welcomes FIFA Confederations Cup

The eight-team Confederations Cup which runs until July 2 in St Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Sochi is being seen as a test for Russian Federation ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Russian Federation have something to build on as they try to raise home hopes before the World Cup next year.

Before every major tournament comes an opening ceremony.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov claimed that his players were given extra inspiration to fight for the victory after Russian President Vladimir Putin had given a speech to officially open the tournament.

Although New Zealand proved they could also be risky on a few occasions, Russian Federation clearly dominated the game from start to finish.

Scheduling of the next Confederations Cup in 2021 is a thorny issue. This one was similar to many others; not very good.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has for the first time implemented a three-step procedure at the Confederations Cup that allows referees to stop matches in the event of racist or discriminatory incidents.

"So, we're slightly deflated but the team showed a lot of spirit". "The main thing is that we took the lead". In April, deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko had accused Federation Internationale de Football Association of making excessive financial demands for the domestic rights - suggesting the body had asked for US$120 million, up from US$32 million for the 2014 World Cup.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos admitted on Sunday that the mid-game referral process was "confusing" but Infantino says he has been encouraged by VAR's test on the global worldwide stage with a year to go before the World Cup.

Television will play a part in the tournament in another significant way.

"They gave me a fan-ID and then two hours (before the match) they cancelled it, apparently on goal so I don't have the time to complain". A successful trial is likely to result in the programme's use at next year's World Cup, though early feedback would suggest some slight revision of VAR is likely.

"The VAR tests during this Confederations Cup are also helping us to improve the processes and fine-tune communication".

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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