Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Russian Federation wins 2-0 in Confed Cup

Russian Federation wins 2-0 in Confed Cup

The match saw New Zealand's Michael Boxall score an own goal as he tried to clear a shot from Denis Glushakov.

Portugal and Mexico, who meet on Sunday, are the other two teams in Group A.

Shprygin, who was twice deported from France previous year during Euro 2016, said he had been notified by organisers that his fan-ID, needed to attend matches, had been cancelled.

Three of the previous nine tournaments have been won by the host nation.

Putin welcomed fans to what he called a "big football festival" and thanked Infantino and FIFA for the faith they had shown in Russian Federation.

Cherchesov felt president Putin's pre-match speech - which ended with the proclamation "Dear friends, let us watch football!" At the St. Petersburg stadium it ended; Russian Federation 2-0 New Zealand.

"The first half was quite scrappy - I think certainly the first goal was preventable, we gave the ball away in a really bad area".

"We're a tight-knit team and we really understand all the different phases we have to go through: when it's time to train we train, and when it's time to kick back and relax we do that too".

The FIFA chief spoke before delegates of the Russian Football Union (RFU) in St. Petersburg.

A source claims Ronaldo "feels great indignation" with all the conjecture about his tax affairs and a sense of "injustice" at the allegations - which he contests - and has made a decision to leave Spain.

Smolov plays for FC Krasnodar in the Russian league, but Cherchesov backed his player to make a move to England after taking his chance to shine.

Russian Federation deserved its first-half lead after twice having shots stopped on the line in the opening 10 minutes.

New Zealand are now without a win in 10 Confederations Cup matches and next play Mexico on Wednesday in Sochi.

A chest-high pass to forward Dmitry Poloz was deftly guided into the path of Denis Glushakov who chipped the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic.

Russia's victory showed it can win a big game at home, even if Putin is in the arena.

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