Russian Federation kicks off with Confeds victory

Russian Federation take on New Zealand in St. Petersburg in the first match of the eight-nation Confederations Cup on a pitch that had to be hastily relaid after football officials deplored its quality when it cut up badly during a match there in April.

"It's a useful test, as are any of our tournaments, to streamline our processes and operations".

The 20-minute ceremony involved some 1,500 participants, who displayed various scenes of traditions and culture of four cities in Russian Federation, selected to host the global football tournament this year, reported Tass news agency.

The competition will serve as a dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup, and Russian Federation would certainly love to get off to a good start on the pitch.

"We're completely ready for the tournament", Russia's deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told Friday's press conference. But rejoice team Stanislav Cherchesova exactly early. FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 is going to kick off from 17th June (today) and ends on 2 July 2017.

"So, we're slightly deflated but the team showed a lot of spirit".

Thursday 22 June: Cameroon v Australia, 5pm; Germany v Chile, 8pm.

And Samoura said that 480,000 tickets had already been sold - 60 percent of the overall total. He described that number as usual for such a tournament. The 2017 Confederations Cup does sport video assistant referees who were on hand to review the penalty shout as play continued, but they chose not to pull it back despite some contact. "In our case, tickets for matches involving Russian Federation are in the highest demand", Sorokin said in comments carried by TASS.

Former Legia Warsaw coach Cherchesov will take charge of his first competitive game at the helm of the host nation against New Zealand in St Petersburg on Saturday.

The pool also includes Portugal and Mexico, presenting what is likely to be a tough path for either Russian Federation or New Zealand moving through these opening stages. Cristiano Ronaldo was named man of the match and while the Real Madrid forward did not score himself, he did provide a brilliant assist for his side's first goal. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. The newspaper said its story was based on a reliable source and that the 32-year-old four-times world player of the year had already made up his mind to ask the club for a transfer.

  • Julie Sanders