FIFA targets gay slurs by Chile, Mexico fans in Russia

The 32-year-old Portugal worldwide is coming into the Confederations Cup in form and on a high having led Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double last season, but Mexico won't have a specific man-marker for Ronaldo.

The Aston Villa midfielder pulled up sore after Australia's 3-2 World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia last week and has been replaced by Austria-based midfielder James Jeggo.

"Obviously there are no words to describe what Cristiano means to our country, with everything that he has achieved", Portugal defender Bruno Alves said Thursday. "He is an idol even for the players, and we hope that he can help Portugal with some of his goals and victories".

Leckie will be familiar with the Chileans after facing them in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and has five years Bundesliga experience to draw on from some of his German opponents.

"I think all three games are special - it's always special to play against the best nations in the world, so I'm looking forward to all the games", the 41-capped Socceroo said.

Russian Federation vs. Portugal, 7 a.m.

Putin also suggested that poor youth coaching and too many foreign players in the Russian Premier League are holding the national team back, though he said that recent games have shown "there is potential".

"We do not see any big problems here", said Mukto, who heads the World Cup organizing committee.

"You want us to dance?" queried All Whites striker Shane Smeltz, prompting laughter among the gathering.

"The 2026 World Cup (which will feature 48 teams) will not be any longer as a tournament. but it still will have 16 more teams", Grindel told reporters.

For the host Russian team, its Confederations Cup Group A opener will be played on Saturday (June 17) against New Zealand in St. Petersburg. In the UK, Russia vs New Zealand live stream is on BBC's official website and app. The other countries taking part in the competition are hosts, Russia, Germany, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and Mexico.

Portugal won 2-1 the only time it faced Mexico in an official match, in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Smeltz was satisfied with the team's build-up, comprising 1-0 losses to Northern Ireland and Belarus, with a training camp in Dublin sandwiched between them.

"The team is in a good place and everyone is very positive".

Australia got off to a bad start when centre back Bailey Wright gave away possession with the second pass of the game to Giuliano, who sent Diego Souza through to beat goalkeeper Mitch Langerak for his first global goal, and to groans from most of the 49,000 spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

  • Julie Sanders