Hosts Russia see off New Zealand in opener — FIFA Confederations Cup

But empty seats remain a concern, with Russia's Sport Express reporting that some tickets were being handed out to state workers for free in a bid to fill the stands at an upcoming Confederations Cup match in Kazan.

Cristiano Ronaldo, netting 16 goals in his last 10 games, will certainly play a major role in Portugal's sprint for the Confederations Cup.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino has dismissed talk of the 2017 being the last staging of the Confederations Cup, saying that the time now is to focus on the game.

The on-trial technology was used to confirm Australia's second goal, when the ball appeared to brush the arm of scorer Tomi Juric.

Poloz had a penalty claim turned down when he rounded Marinovic and went to ground, with referee Wilmar Roldan receiving no help from the video assistant - while Georgiy Dzhikiya's powerful strike was pushed wide by the keeper.

Shprygin, who had been deported from France a year ago during the European Championship, said he had been notified by Confederations Cup organisers that his fan-ID, needed to attend matches, had been cancelled.

The hosts won the opening match of Group A at the Krestovsky Stadium in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg.

The European champions had a goal of their own ruled out when former Manchester United winger Nani was shown to be offside in the build up.

Portugal ended 2-2 with Mexico and, perhaps fortunately for FIFA, Chile beat Cameroon 2-0.

"We are slightly deflated", the Englishman said in the post-match press conference. "Even if it is the right decision, this has an impact on players' emotions and feelings".

Fyodor Smolov who was outstanding in the game got the second goal in the 69th minute.

Four incidents on just the second day of the biggest tournament so far to conduct live trials has created more controversy than Federation Internationale de Football Association expected.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said that all five incidents were goal situations: four related to offsides and one to a handball.

Hudson acknowledged his team had "obviously" wanted a better result but was doing his best to remain upbeat ahead of their game against Mexico in Sochi in four days time.

"This tournament is an incredible opportunity for us to keep improving and make sure we are ready for our World Cup qualifiers in September and November". Copa America title-holders Chile offer world-class abilities, as Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal lead a squad full of successful footballers.

Nani was already celebrating with his teammates when Argentine referee Nestor Pitana asked for the ball and indicated the goal was being reviewed.

  • Julie Sanders