Hosts Russia see off New Zealand in Confederations Cup opener

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

It is also a gauge of where are Russian Federation on the playing side with an expectant country putting pressure on coach Stanislav Cherchesov to deliver on home soil.

Dmitri Polov and Georgi Dzhikiya had efforts hacked off the line.

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 frantically tried to clear.

Weak defending also allowed Russia's Fedor Smolov to slip past the All Whites and tap in a low cross by team-mate Alexander Samedov to confirm the win in the 69th minute.

Action is due to continue with two matches tomorrow.

Russian Federation can debut at the Confederations Cup with a victory over New Zealand in St. Petersburg (4:00 p.m UK Time).

The Russians have experience and they are able to cope with all the odds.

New Zealand struggled in defence, but their opponents failed to be potent in the box. Credit where it is due, the new manager Stanislav Cherchesov appears to have instilled a new found confidence in this nation.

Fyodor Smolov both began and ended a counter-attack which put the result beyond doubt in the second half, with Russian Federation now turning their attention to a game against Portugal on Thursday. Proved instinctive in front of goal.

New Zealand: Marinovic 6; Durante 5, Bozall 6, Colvey 6, Wynne 5; Rojas 5, Smith 7, McGlinchey 6, Thomas 5; Wood 5, Barbarouses 5.

Putin welcomed fans to what he called a "big football festival" and thanked Infantino and FIFA for the faith they had shown in Russian Federation. From the resulting corner, the ball fell for the unmarked Smith whose header was cleared off the line by Fedor Kudriashov. A lovely cross finds Poloz at the back post. First, the New Zealand goalkeeper kept away Poloz's header in a brilliant manner.

Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan signalled to play on, without consulting the Video Assistant Referee.

A lovely display by Erokhin and Poloz had set Glushakov through on goal, and the latter's effort was turned in by Boxall to put the hosts ahead in the 31st minute.

Bassogog scored his only goal of the tournament with a 93-minute left-footed shot to seal their 2-0 semi-final win over Ghana before his team beat Egypt 2-1 in the final.

The fans arrived two days in advance - and have had a chance to enjoy arguably Russia's most picturesque city at an unusually spectacular time. Golovin charges forward with team mates either side. The top goal scorer of Russia's domestic league received a cross from Samedov and placed the ball inside the net. The likes of Bernardo Silva and Andre Silva, who were recently bought for huge transfer fees, will be hoping to justify the move.

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