Russian Federation convincingly beat New Zealand 2-0 at St Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium in front of 50,251 people, including President Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who addressed the crowd before kick-off.
The game was scored with an own goal by New Zealand's Michael Boxall at the 31st minute of the game.
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 8-nation tournament features the host nation, 2014 World Cup victor Germany and champions of FIFA's six continental governing bodies.
The Krestovsky Stadium was late in opening and came home well over budget, while serious problems have been experienced with the playing surface.
He said Confederations Cup organisers had notified him that his fan-ID, needed to attend matches, had been cancelled in what appeared to be a further attempt to curb violence.
After New Zealand lost possession in a risky area, Poloz's neat touch released Glushakov, who clipped his finish over Marinovic and off the post before Boxall bundled the ball into his own net as he and Smith were trying to clear the ball off the goal yard.More news: Sessions to testify publicly before Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday
KAZINFORM The main annual worldwide football tournament among national teams - the FIFA Confederations Cup - kicks off in Russian Federation on June 17, Kazinform has learnt from TASS. "We are here to watch some great football", Infantino said.
"Today we have to focus in this Confederations Cup".
Zenit's soccer player Aleksandr Kerzhakov holds white colored and blue eyes 1, 5 years old cat named Achilles at a news conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 15, 2017.
They're going to be a team to keep a close eye on in the Confederations Cup, because it looks possible that New Zealand will be in the World Cup next summer, as well.
"Overall we showed a lot of spirit, and there's certainly some positives to take into the next game for us".
The UK firm features a very good coverage of the showpiece tournament, quoting a plethora of pre-match and in-play betting markets, with their Each Way First Goalscorers and Bore Draw Money Back offers available throughout the competition. The win puts them top of Group A, with Mexico and Portugal - the other two teams in the section - due to face off on Sunday.
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