Russia defeat New Zealand 2-0 in Confed Cup opener

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Shprygin was among a group of Russian fans who were expelled from France after clashes during Russia's Euro 2016 match against England.

The tournament is traditionally used as a warm-up for the following year's World Cup and features the home nation, the winners of six continental tournaments and the reigning FIFA World Cup holders.

It's an worldwide eight-team tournament, played every four years.

Russia President Vladimir Putin watched the Confederations Cup opener with FIFA's Gianni Infantino.

"We represent German football here". Betting on Russian Federation to cover the -1.5 Asian Handicap will result in even odds, which is tremendous value given the difference in quality between the two teams.

The New Zealand keeper made another great stop from Poloz after a swift Russian Federation counterattack, while Samedov curled over from a free-kick as Russian Federation looked to put the result beyond doubt.

Playing in the tournament for the first time, Russian Federation were on the front foot and had two early chances cleared off the line in the opening 10 minutes.

Hosts Russia, who drew with Copa America champions Chile 1-1 in a friendly last week, slipped to a record low 63rd in Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings this month.

Russia's win eases the pressure on its second game, against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in Moscow on Wednesday.

Remonstrating with referees and surrounding match officials to protest against decisions, known as "mobbing", is common in football, along with play-acting, time-wasting and other forms of gamesmanship. "We feel very optimistic coming into this tournament".

The All Whites cancelled their final training session today, partly for logistical reasons (it was scheduled in another part of St Petersburg) and also because Hudson felt the team had done enough. New Zealand are appearing at the Confed Cup for the fourth time, although the All Whites are still hunting for a first victory in the eight-team competition.

"We have a very hard target at the Confederations Cup - to make the Russian people fall in love with the national team again", said the striker Fedor Smolov, who scored the second goal against New Zealand, in an interview with the Observer in Moscow a few days before the game. "We're 100 percent ready".

"We're completely ready for the tournament", Russia's deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told Friday's press conference.

Everything points towards a convincing home win for the hosts and bet365 Sports offers tempting odds on this outcome.

It is also an opportunity for coach Stanislav Cherchesov and his side to show what they can do on the pitch, although they will face far greater tests in their next two outings than what New Zealand provided here.