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FIFA Confederations Cup kicks off in Russian Federation

FIFA Confederations Cup kicks off in Russian Federation

Next year in 2018, Russian Federation will be making their fourth appearance at a FIFA World Cup where they will be the hosts.

Days earlier, Putin had called for better results from the world's 63rd-ranked team to impress the Russian public. If the team can handle the pressure of hosting, it has the chance to start off on the right foot against the Oceania champions. Whether Russia will cope with the powerful attack of the Portuguese?

"The first half was quite scrappy - I think certainly the first goal was preventable, we gave the ball away in a really bad area".

Federation Internationale de Football Association has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kick off today, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist.

In a May 17 match between Spartak Moscow and Terek Grozny used as a test run of the security measures, Spartak fans still managed to smuggle in dozens of flares and fireworks. I thought they were good tonight, they were very positive and caused us problems.

It wasn't long before Russian Federation had the lead, and it came courtesy of an own goal by Michael Boxall.

Russian Federation have failed to sell out for the opening game against New Zealand in the near £1billion new Krestovsky Stadium, with 44,000 of the 51,000 sold, despite cheapest tickets being £13.




Rating chances came early for Russian Federation, having fun with self-confidence as well as unanticipated panache, a powerful header by protector Viktor Vasin jumping off the inside of the article prior to being cleared by New Zealand's Michael McGlinchey.

Asked if his team could have been more aggressive, Hudson's response was emphatic.

Russia's opening goal had an ugly finish after two pretty pieces of individual skill once the All-Whites defense needlessly lost the ball.

Good luck to all teams!

Spurred on by a pre-match pep-talk from president Vladimir Putin, the hosts started strongly, coming close to opening the scoring twice in the space of the first 10 minutes.

Along with Team Russia, they will welcome teams from seven countries: New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico (Group A); and Germany, Chile, Cameroon and Australia (Group B). The competition serves as a warm-up for the World Cup, played out a year before the sport's largest event.

Federation Internationale de Football Association clearly believe there could be a racism problem, because for the first time they have given referees at this tournament the right to stop or abandon games if there is persistent abuse towards players.


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