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Russian Federation scores wild first goal vs. New Zealand at 2017 Confederations Cup

Russian Federation scores wild first goal vs. New Zealand at 2017 Confederations Cup”

(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky). Russia's Denis Glushakov, center, scores the opening goal during the Confederations, Cup Group A soccer match between Russia and New Zealand, at the St.Petersburg stadium in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 17, 2017. As a whole, 8 countries take part in the Confederations Cup.

Shprygin, who had been deported from France past year during the European Championship, said he had been notified by Confederations Cup organisers that his fan-ID, needed to attend matches, had been cancelled.

World Cup 2014 holders Germany, Copa America champions Chile, AFC Asia Cup winners Australia and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) champions Cameroon are in Group B.

Russian Federation has the advantage over New Zealand in all aspect of the game from players, coaching and the home field. In attack they have inconsiderable talents of Alan Dzagoev, Artem Dzyuba, and Aleksandr Kokorin, they have more than enough firepower against New Zealand.

Russian Federation has definitely a strong team and matches being at their home ground, they will surely have lots of excitement and vigour to push them on.

Degenek, who spent five seasons in Germany and counts several members of Die Mannschaft as friends, says that doesn't make them any easier to beat.

"It will be interesting how they go in the other games", the footballer stated.

The hosts poured on the pressure in the early going. At the tournament, Draxler will play as his team's striker.

But 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.

New Zealand is now without a win in four trips to the Confederations Cup, and next plays Mexico on Wednesday in Sochi.

A column by sportswriter Kris Shannon in the New Zealand Herald recently claimed that Russian Federation "did not deserve" to host next year's World Cup, due to its fans' history of misbehavior.

I'd much rather be in our position than Russia's.

"We are the absolute outsiders among the eight teams", Cherchesov said. That's how it is.

The opponent of the home team is New Zealand.

New Zealand had their first major chances when Ryan Thomas' powerful effort forced an impressive save from Igor Akinfeev and Smith's header from the resulting corner was hacked off the line by Yuri Zhirkov.

Two-time American Cup (Copa America) victor, Arturo Vidal, who plays for Bayern Munich, is a universal player who plays equally well both in midfield and in defense, will defend the colors of the Chilean national team at the Confederations Cup. SpVgg Unterhaching's Stefan Marinovic is the man in between the sticks for the All Whites.

From Russia's fourth corner, defender Viktor Vasin's header saw the ball spin off a post and across the goalmouth before Michael McGlinchey cleared.

Known as the All Whites, by way of distinguishing themselves from the famous All Blacks with the oval ball, New Zealand's footballers have certainly benefited from Hudson junior's presence and remain hopeful of reaching next summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

See how to watch Saturday's game below. Kickoff time is at 4 p.m.



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