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Russia eases to 2-0 Confederations Cup win over New Zealand

Russia eases to 2-0 Confederations Cup win over New Zealand

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.

Putin also stressed Russia's "responsibility and decisiveness to hold the Confederations Cup at the top level".

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 over 68,000-seat capacity stadium created to host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches was laid down in the western portion of Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg in 2007.

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

Still only 36, he was linked to the Norwich vacancy last season, but his old man is hoping the shop window provided by the Confederations Cup, and maybe next year's World Cup finals, will showcase his talents and lead to even better job offers back in Europe.

This year's tournament will be held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russian Federation.

"For the first time in history, our state, Russia, hosts the continents' strongest teams".

Arriving by helicopter close to the stadium barely 20 minutes before kickoff, he was soon installed in the main grandstand making a speech to launch the tournament.

"The objective for us was to come here and do something significant, do something that no other New Zealand team has done before and that hasn't changed", said Hudson.




FIFA will also put in place anti-discrimination observers at all matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.

"We have visited Moscow and the St Petersburg stadium and I can say that every technical detail there has been fine-tuned and we can expect one of the best competitions ever here in Russian Federation", said the Senegalese FIFA official.

Russian Federation convincingly beat New Zealand 2-0 at the St Petersburg stadium in front of 50,251 people, including President Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who addressed the crowd before kickoff. We know who can do what and I will not name any players.

Asked if his team could have been more aggressive, Hudson's response was emphatic.

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

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo attends a training session at the Rubin Training Ground in Kazan, Russia, on Friday, June 16, 2017.

Cherchesov hinted that world champions Germany or European champions Portugal were clear favorites for the Confederations Cup, which brings together the World Cup winners, continental championship winners and the next World Cup hosts.

"He takes this tournament very seriously and is focused".

In the only match played Saturday, Smolov took his chance to shine. In New Zealand, the match will be streamed on Sky Go NZ, and while the match isn't being shown online in Russian Federation, you can find viewing options for other countries by checking out LiveSoccerTV.

Germany, who have sent a second string team to the tournament starting today, were more interested in seeing their young squad play freely, Bierhoff told reporters in Sochi, Russia, a day after the world champions' arrival.

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