Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Russian Federation scores wild first goal vs. New Zealand at 2017 Confederations Cup

Russian Federation scores wild first goal vs. New Zealand at 2017 Confederations Cup

Russian Federation kicked off their Confederations Cup Group A campaign in style as they cruised to a 2-0 victory over New Zealand in St Petersburg.

The other two Group A teams include European champions Portugal spearheaded by the global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and the most decorated CONCACAF team Mexico.

Russian Federation faces a stress test of its readiness to host the 2018 World Cup as the Confederations Cup kicks off Saturday (Sunday in Manila) amid concerns over hooliganism and security. Russian Federation have the stronger roster and form despite not being able to progress further than the group stage of a major tournament since Euro 2008.

He said Confederations Cup organisers had notified him that his fan-ID, needed to attend matches, had been cancelled in what appeared to be a further attempt to curb violence. The All Whites' Michael Boxall got a touch on the ball and was credited with an own goal.

The games will be held at stadiums in Moscow (Spartak), Sochi (Fisht) and at the same arena in St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg Arena) and Kazan (Kazan Arena).

The tournament is traditionally used as a warm-up for the following year's World Cup and features the home nation, the winners of six continental tournaments and the reigning FIFA World Cup holders. We're all feeling fearless and will take things on full of optimism.

"We can take confidence that we played Mexico previous year and did very well (a 2-1 loss), we know that team well and we have an extra day to recover than them".

In the opening match, Russian Federation midfielder Denis Glushakov flicked the ball over goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic in the 31st minute as All Whites defenders rushed back to try to clear it off the line.

"We don't get a lot of opportunities to play against top teams, so this has been an unbelievable experience for us, and we're going to learn a lot from this game".

The Portuguese sports daily A Bola published a front-page story Friday saying that Ronaldo was upset with the accusations made against him and that his decision to leave Madrid was "irreversible".

"He is an example for us, the way he works, the way he plays", Patricio said.

"We knew the scenario with who was coming to the game", New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson said.

Portugal will play Mexico in a Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for.

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