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Russia 2-0 New Zealand: Hosts win Confederations Cup opener

Russia 2-0 New Zealand: Hosts win Confederations Cup opener”

Russia's next game comes up against European champions Portugal on Wednesday, while New Zealand will face Mexico also on Wednesday.

The Portuguese sports daily A Bola published a front-page story Friday saying that Ronaldo was upset with the accusations made against him and that his decision was "irreversible".

"It's a high-profile match", Mexico forward Hirving Lozano said.

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

One of the most common time-wasting tactics used by teams holding a narrow lead is for a player to be substituted and then leave the field slowly, stopping to shake hands with opponents and match officials along the way.

Indeed, Russia 2017 will be New Zealand's fourth Confed Cup campaign, although few of the current squad played in South Africa in 2009, or the subsequent World Cup in 2010.

St. Petersburg: Hosts Russia eased to a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday in the opening match of the Confederations Cup, a tournament seen as a test for the country before it stages next year's World Cup.

World Cup winners Germany are in Group B alongside Chile, Cameroon and Australia.

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Once again, the ambitious Postecoglou stated his aim to win the tournament before arriving in Sochi for their opener (on Tuesday morning AEST), against world champions Germany. It is played by the continental champions plus the host nation and the World Cup victor.

Host Russia were clearly the better side as they missed a handful of chances, but the three points was all that matters.

Together, the young Silva and the veteran Ronaldo have scored 18 goals since they started playing alongside each other following Euros 2016.

Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.

The current Confederations Cup holder, Brazil's team, were knocked out of the 2015 Copa America in the quarter-finals and lost the opportunity to defend their title which they earned in 2013.

With the All Whites taking on Russian Federation in the first match of the tournament, here are five things to know about New Zealand's opponents.

FIFA will also put in place anti-discrimination observers at all matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.

New Zealand, though, haven't exactly set the world alight in their warm-up matches, producing a solid display in a 1-0 loss to Northern Ireland before going down by the same margin with a disjointed and disappointing effort against Belarus.



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