Russian Federation relieved after passing first World Cup test

Russian Federation relieved after passing first World Cup test

In the opening match, Russian Federation midfielder Denis Glushakov flicked the ball over goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic in the 31st minute as All Whites defenders rushed back to try to clear it off the line.

On Sunday, Portugal and Mexico face off from Group A while Chile and Cameroon are playing each other from Group B.

Smolov's goal was rightly ruled offside before Russian Federation took the lead on 31 minutes. Earlier, an official opening ceremony for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation was held in front of packed spectators stands of the newly-built football stadium in the countrys second largest city of St Petersburg.

Russian Federation took the lead through Michael Boxall's first-half own goal.

Russia's Fedor Smolov, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Confederations, Cup Group A soccer match between Russia and New Zealand, at the St.Petersburg stadium in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturd.

It was a game Russian Federation were widely expected to win against a New Zealand team that are Oceania champions but are the lowest-ranked nation in the tournament.

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Doctors immediately performed surgery, but additional operations will be required, the hospital said in the late-night statement . The American Hospital Association defines "critical" condition as: "Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits".

The Russian president made it a national priority to win hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup in a fierce Federation Internationale de Football Association bidding contest seven years ago.

"We achieved a very good result and at times a very good game".

Putin had also asked the players to perform like warriors, though they hardly needed to be war-like in dispatching No. 95 New Zealand, which seemed to find the world stage too big. Tommy Smith then tidied up when Poloz poked a close-range shot slowly past Marinovic.

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. We played the match we have been planning for.

"When the president of our country comes out to make a speech it mobilises us and gives us great motivation, but it also adds to our responsibilities", he said after the match.

Played out under the warm St Petersburg sun, the afternoon began with a colourful and entertaining opening ceremony featuring a cast of 12 dancers and more than 2,000 artists.

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