Hosts Russia see off New Zealand in opener — FIFA Confederations Cup

Hosts Russia see off New Zealand in opener — FIFA Confederations Cup

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. The win puts them top of Group A, with Mexico and Portugal – the other two teams in the section – due to face off on Sunday.

Fyodor Smolov who was outstanding in the game got the second goal in the 69th minute.

However, it was Russian Federation who got the next goal in the 69th minute as Boxall failed to deal with Samedov’s cross, which allowed Fyordor Smolov to tap into an empty net.

According to Infantino, the stadiums in Russian Federation produce a big impression and both tournaments offer a good chance for all to give a new impetus to football development.

Russian Federation breathed a sigh of relief after its football team won the opening match of the Confederations Cup and the country demonstrated that one of its most problematic World Cup pitches was fit for worldwide matches.

“I believe we will have the same team as we did in this game against Portugal”.

“We achieved a very good result and at times a very good game”.

Russian Federation came so close again when Dmitry Poloz chested down a cross from right and stabbed his effort from six yards past Marinovic, only for Tommy Smith to get back on the line to clear.

New Zealand had their first major chance in the 78th minute.

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”.

But empty seats remain a concern, with Russia’s Sport Express reporting that some tickets were being handed out to state workers for free in a bid to fill the stands at an upcoming Confederations Cup match in Kazan.

“When the president of our country comes out to make a speech it mobilises us and gives us great motivation, but it also adds to our responsibilities”, Cherchesov told reporters.