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

Vincent De Villiers
Junho 20, 2017

The All Whites had a penalty claim turned down for a handball by Vasin but Russian Federation sealed all three points as Smolov started and finished a swift passing move in the 69th minute to extended their unbeaten streak to four matches under Cherchesov.

Portugal's William Carvalho, left, and Mexico's Raul Jimenez fight for the ball during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

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.

Meanwhile, the second game on the day will come from Group B and it will see Chile taking on Cameroon.

"The match really required us to do something to score a goal and he's the right player for that".

The game itself was an open contest with plenty of chances, most of which fell to Russian Federation - clearly the better side throughout. "He was very happy at the end because he had contributed to both goals".

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"Alexis has impressive quality", Pizzi said.

0 to Chile (Copa America champions) thanks to late goals from Auturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas.

At Saturday's game there were two pre-game stadium announcements warning fans against discriminatory behaviour. "We just have to be happy that he plays for our national team".

Putin also stressed Russia's "responsibility and decisiveness to hold the Confederations Cup at the top level". "Video Assistant Refereeing is the future of modern football".

Uncertainty in the stadium lasted far beyond the six-second target Federation Internationale de Football Association had set a year ago for officials to review their opinions.

The Kiwis also thought they should have had a spot kick in the second half when the ball hit Aleksandr Erokhin's chest ... but the referee once again did not even get the incident reviewed. With referees and VARs from different countries - Nestor Pitana from Argentina and Jair Marrufo (VAR) from the USA Damir Skomina from Slovakia and Clement Turpin (VAR) from France (for Cameroon vs Chile) - the application has felt muddled. "But we have to be careful because I don't think people understand this new rule really well".

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