Russian Federation gets off to winning start in Confederations Cup

Russian Federation gets off to winning start in Confederations Cup

Russian Federation gets off to winning start in Confederations Cup

Michael Boxall got a touch on the ball and was credited with an own goal.

Midfielder Jackson Irvine is no less ambitious, despite pessimism from some external quarters after the recent 4-0 friendly defeat to Brazil, a match in which Australia performed well for periods, but were undone by individual errors and a lack of cohesion while attempting to give game time to as many players as possible. Find us on Facebook too!

"The White Nights are incredible - I learned about that when the sun didn't go down", said Matt. "Even though we speak different languages, the people here have tried to help any way they can".

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

"He is an example for us, the way he works, the way he plays", Patricio said. We know who can do what and I will not name any players.

"There is no point in us being here if we are just going to show up and enjoy the occasion".

Stanislav Cherchesov's men delivered with an impressive 2-0 win, a match that followed the tournament's opening ceremony which included Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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Coach Fernando Santos and some of Ronaldo's teammates are confident the star forward won't be affected by the buzz created by a report that said he wants to leave the Spanish club because of allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities. The New Zealand side has drawn arguably the toughest group here, with each of their opponents having a lot to prove. "Cristiano is totally focused in helping our team".

Being the hosts, Russian Federation has gained a privilege to kick off the first game.

And Smolov sealed victory with 21 minutes remaining, finishing simply from six yards after starting a move that led to Boxall failing to clear Samedov's threatening right-wing cross.

When the goal came, it had an ugly finish after two pretty pieces of individual skill once the All-Whites defense needlessly lost the ball.

New Zealand almost pulled a goal back in the 77th minute but Akinfeev produced a fine save to keep out Ryan Thomas' effort, before Tommy Smith saw his header cleared off the line a minute later. "But I imagine they are happy with the win in the first game". He prefers ice hockey and saw a team that carried fervent hopes of an Olympic title lose on home ice in the quarterfinals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The host nation is under pressure to claim a rare tournament success, while Portugal are still basking in their unprecedented European glory and are making their Confederations Cup debut.

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