Russian Federation eases to 2-0 Confederations Cup win over New Zealand


Russia, a record low 63rd in FIFA's world rankings, face Portugal on Wednesday while New Zealand play Mexico the same day.

Earlier on Saturday, the organizing committee of the 2018 World Cup, also dealing with the Confederations Cup, informed that Russian low-income citizens, including families with many children, orphans and disabled people, will be able to visit the Confederations Cup matches for free.

President Vladimir Putin will attend Saturday's Group A opener in Saint Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium between Russian Federation and Oceania champions New Zealand.

New Zealand tried to play the ball out of defence but gave it away, and a couple of quick passes from Aleksandr Yerokhin and Poloz allowed Denis Glushakov to run through on goal.

Russian Federation went ahead in the first half of the Group A encounter through what was credited as an own goal from the New Zealand defender Michael Boxall, and Smolov wrapped up the victory in the 69th minute. The European champion opens its Group A program on Sunday against Mexico in Kazan.

Hosts Russia could not have made a better start to the FIFA Confederations Cup, following up a spectacular opening ceremony with a 2-0 defeat of New Zealand in the opening match of the tournament, according to the official website of FIFA.

New Zealand had their first major chance in the 78th minute.

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"We're a tight-knit team and we really understand all the different phases we have to go through: when it's time to train we train, and when it's time to kick back and relax we do that too".

Russia's opening goal had an ugly finish after two pretty pieces of individual skill once the All-Whites defense needlessly lost the ball.

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.

Just minutes later, the hosts got in behind again as Dmitry Poloz controlled the ball well inside the box before seeing his shot cleared off the line by Tommy Smith, who got back just in time to keep his side on level terms.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described VAR as "the future of modern football" following criticism of the technology during the Confederations Cup.

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said Russia's readiness had "surpassed expectations".