Russian Federation eases to 2-0 Confederations Cup win over New Zealand

Russian Federation eases to 2-0 Confederations Cup win over New Zealand

Russian Federation eases to 2-0 Confederations Cup win over New Zealand

"It allowed us to play", Cherchesov said.

The hosts now take on Portugal on Wednesday, with Fernando Santos' men taking on Mexico in their Group A opener on Sunday.

In the only match played Saturday, Smolov took his chance to shine.

Russian Federation have kicked off their Confederations Cup Group A campaign in style as they cruised to a 2-0 victory over New Zealand in St Petersburg.

"We achieved a very good result and at times a very good game".

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"The game didn't go how we wanted to go", New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson acknowledged.

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"The fact the leader of the country came to the match is on the one hand an additional positive, but it is also an additional responsibility", Russian Federation manager Stanislav Cherchesov said.

In the opening match, Russian Federation midfielder Denis Glushakov flicked the ball over goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic in the 31st minute as All Whites defenders rushed back to try to clear it off the line.

It was the ideal start for the Russians in a game played at the new Krestovsky Stadium, where President Vladimir Putin and Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino both gave speeches before kick-off.

Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.

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. The All Whites' Michael Boxall got a touch on the ball and was credited with an own goal. The president 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 organizing committee also confirmed that Russian low-income citizens, including families with many children, orphans and disabled people, will be able to visit the Confederations Cup matches for free.

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