Russian team arrives in Moscow to face Portugal in Confederations Cup


In view of the ongoing tournament, Russian Federation defeated New Zealand in a 2-0 win at St. Petersburg yesterday.The hosts made a confident start to the Confederations Cup by impressing their fans to cruise the opponent.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the opener along with Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Gianni Infantino at Saint Petersburg's purpose-built World Cup 68,000-seater stadium.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kick off today, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist.

In Group A Russian Federation will play OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand in St. Petersburg on June 17, Euro 2016 champions Portugal in Moscow on June 21 and 2015 Concacaf Gold Cup winners Mexico in Kazan on June 24. Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Eder were in the squad when Portugal won the European championship a year ago, with Eder scoring the extra-time victor in the final against host France, but none made it to Fernando Santos' squad for the Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up event.

Scoring chances came early for Russian Federation, playing with confidence and unexpected flair, a powerful header by defender Viktor Vasin bouncing off the inside of the post before being cleared by New Zealand's Michael McGlinchey. Rather than celebrate his side edging closer to a crucial three points in front of Putin and Pele, he barked at his players to get the game back underway.

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.

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Russian soccer has also been blighted in the past by racism, and Federation Internationale de Football Association this week put anti-discrimination mechanisms in place for the tournament to give referees authority to stop and even abandon a match.

"It's another chance for us to take a leap forward in showing everyone the way we play football and go about our game", he said. Find us on Facebook too! "I think that we communicate well and we have a good understanding, and that leads to these good results".

"I don't know him personally but I know him as a player", Degenek says. "We could have been more aggressive".

After the game, Cherchesov, a former goalkeeper who played for the national team before and after the fall of communism suggested it was an advantage to have such a pep talk.

President Vladimir Putin, for whom the tournament and the World Cup are prestige projects, said Thursday: "Let us hope that the guys will try to perform well, like real fighters". Russian Federation have also been paired with European champions Portugal and Mexico in Group A, two teams with significant pedigree and better squads. There are totally two groups and each one have four teams. "He is focused on what needs to be done here, and without a doubt he will have a great tournament".