Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Russia dominate New Zealand in Confederations Cup opener

Russia dominate New Zealand in Confederations Cup opener

We're not here to have fun, experience Russian Federation and its beauty - we're here to stay here until July 2 [the date of the final].

Stanislav Cherchesov wants to start building for a new period of success for Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup. It is despite the notable absences of players such as Artem Dzyuba, Alan Dzagoev and Roman Neustadter.

With this three-step procedure, referees will have the authority to first stop the match and request a public announcement to insist that the discriminatory behaviour cease, to then suspend the match until the behaviour stops following another warning announcement, and finally, if the behaviour still persists, to decide to abandon the match. They lost to Ivory Coast on March 25 but they managed to pull off a draw against powerhouses Belgium and Chile.

The All Whites survived until halftime but the largely one-sided nature of the match continued after the restart and in the 68th-minute a slick build-up resulted in an easy finish for striker Fedor Smolov at the back post when the Kiwi defence was again unable to clear a risky ball into the box.

But the global body has not committed to a tournament in 2021 yet, saying it will not be held by 2022 Cup hosts Qatar due to the heat. An early goal can also help ease the pressure of playing front of the hometown fans.

Stacked against Mexico is Portugal's star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the first player in FIFA history to win The Best FIFA Men's Player Award, "the highest individual player award in world [soccer]" according to FIFA.

The opponent of the home team is New Zealand. Check the complete Russian Federation vs New Zealand Preview and Face-Off here.

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Soccer fans are eagerly awaiting the FIFA Confederations Russia Cup 2017 kicking off this weekend.

I'd much rather be in our position than Russia's.

"There is no point in us being here if we are just going to show up and enjoy the occasion". That's how it is. "This is something I look forward to every four years".

The 53-year-old has presided over just three wins in his first nine matches in charge but hopes to restore Russian Federation to their former glories having struggled in recent years. New Zealand will truly have to do a lot because their condition is troubling. The underdogs will rely on striker Chris Wood to lead what has been a defensive squad.

From Russia's fourth corner, defender Viktor Vasin's header saw the ball spin off a post and across the goalmouth before Michael McGlinchey cleared. Finally, Russia's attack is going to be headed by Fedor Smolov and Aleksandr Golovin.

Among those who will be watched closely is Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) winger Julian Draxler, who has been named Germany's captain for the tournament.

At Saturday's game there were two pre-game stadium announcements warning fans against discriminatory behaviour.

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