Russian Federation win Confederation Cup opener

Russia unveils ‘psychic’ cat ahead of Confederations Cup

It was a game Russian Federation were widely expected to win against a New Zealand team that are Oceania champions but are the lowest-ranked nation in the tournament.

Russia's fast start contrasted with New Zealand seeming unsettled early in a game that began after an unusual pre-match ceremony.

In the 69th minute, Russian Federation scored again when Smolov started a move on the halfway line, passed the ball wide to the right to Alexander Samedov and Smolov sprinted in to the penalty area to score from five yards.

Putin, who urged Russian Federation to improve their performances in the build-up to the tournament, seemed to enjoy the match and was seen happily applauding Smolov's strike as he sat in the stands alongside FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

Portugal had a first-half goal against Mexico chalked off in the Confederations Cup after the action was reviewed on video.

An own goal from Kiwi defender Michael Boxall and Fyodor Smolov's second-half strike gave the hosts the ideal start to the campaign as they prepare to host the 2018 World Cup.

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". They hardly needed to be in dispatching No. 95 New Zealand, which seemed to find the world stage too big.

Shprygin was among a group of Russian fans who were expelled from France after clashes during Russia's Euro 2016 match against England.

"We achieved a very good result and at times a very good game".

"When the president of your country comes out to make a speech this mobilizes us", said coach Stanislav Cherchesov, a former goalkeeper who played for the national team before and after the fall of communism.

However, we should not rush to judgement considering that VARs are new for players, coaches and referees alike.

After New Zealand lost possession in their own half, Poloz's neat touch set up Denis Glushakov, who dinked his effort over goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic and off the post before Boxall bundled the ball into his own net.

Chile could open Confederations Cup campaign without two leading players. The president prefers ice hockey and saw a team that carried fervent hopes of an Olympic title lose on home ice in the quarterfinals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Shprygin, who had been deported from France past year during the European Championship, said he had been notified by Confederations Cup organisers that his fan-ID, needed to attend matches, had been cancelled.

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