Fans Celebrate Russia's Win In Confederations Cup Opener

Rosalie Stanley
June 18, 2017

The tournament - which is being staged at four venues in St Petersburg, Moscow, Sochi and Kazan - is a dry run for next year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation and concludes with the final on July 2.

According to Igor Borunov of, Russian Federation needs to put the pressure on New Zealand early on the game by scoring a goal.

The Group A first stage match will be Russia's Confederations Cup debut, and it will come in front of a home crowd that has already sent thousands of fans to practices ahead of the tournament. The Soviet Union took the honours in that game by defeating New Zealand 3-0.

This year's tournament is held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russian Federation and they are Spartak Stadium in Moscow, St. Petersburg Stadium, Fisht Stadium in Sochi and the Kazan Arena in Kazan.

"It's the most magnificent of jobs he has now, living in a handsome country like New Zealand and being able to travel the world".

The visitors have not had the best of warm-up games, losing by a 1-0 margin to both Belarus and Northern Ireland but will now be banking on Chris Wood, a prolific striker who plies his trade in the English Championship. They have hard worked but limited squad so not much is expected from them.

Russia's win eases the pressure on winning its second game, against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in Moscow on Wednesday.

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They also have in Sandro Wanger, a unsafe striker in hot form, looking to force his way in to a regular starting place in the side.

Cherchesov hinted that world champions Germany or European champions Portugal were clear favorites for the Confederations Cup, which brings together the World Cup winners, continental championship winners and the next World Cup hosts.

The eight-team tournament will put Russia's ability to handle thousands of visiting and home fans under the spotlight.

"They are sure of what they are doing, they know how to play and therefore we have a very good team". In goal, they have the evergreen Igor Akinfeev and in defense Vasili Berezulski, Sergei Ignasevich and Dimitri Kombasov. They also out-shot New Zealand 16-6 (7-1 in shots on target).

This is first ever global football meeting between these two teams.

Ahead of their first game at the Confederations Cup against Russian Federation on Sunday (NZT), All Whites captain Chris Wood admits that the small European nation have provided a template for underdogs at major tournaments.

A three-step system allows referees to stop a match if players receive racist abuse and request a public announcement, then suspend the match if behavior persists and if necessary abandon the match. The New Zealand side has drawn arguably the toughest group here, with each of their opponents having a lot to prove.

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