Russian Federation beat New Zealand in Confederations Cup opener

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

With two goals on the board, Russia's midfield stopped taking risks and New Zealand struggled to create counter-attacking chances.

Africa's flag bearers Cameroon will begin their quest at the tournament when they face South American champion Chile at the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow on June 18 as well.

The match should serve as an exciting start to what everyone hopes to be a competitive Confederations Cup.

If every host nation could handpick its opponent for the opening game of a major tournament, New Zealand would be close to the top of the list, and Russian Federation did not pass up the opportunity to make a winning start to the Confederations Cup against Oceania's champions.

Russia's players duly delivered a victory their head of state had all but demanded this week by beating a poor New Zealand team 2-0. Portugal had to wait for what seemed an unnecessary review of a good goal scored.

"I had travelled nearly 500km by vehicle to watch the match, I paid 8,000 rubles (123 euros) for a ticket which I couldn't use". At the St. Petersburg stadium it ended; Russian Federation 2-0 New Zealand. He said that everything was "on the table", including playing on a different date or with a different format.

After a 21st minute free kick taken by Cristiano Ronaldo struck the wall, the ball was sent back into the area where four Portugal players were in offside positions and one of them challenged for the ball, meaning he was offside. Its decision is due in March whether to approve it for use at the World Cup, as FIFA President Gianni Infantino wants.

"Obviously in the first game of the tournament we wanted to get a better result than we did", New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson said.

Count Vidal among the current skeptics.

The hosts continued to crank up the pressure after the break, forcing the impressive Marinovic into a fantastic double save, but Russian pressure finally told when Krasnodar striker Smolov - top scorer in the Russia Premier League for the past two seasons - tapped home from an Aleksandr Samedov cross on 69 minutes.

Federation Internationale de Football Association wants to keep fans in the loop by showing slow motion images on stadium giant screens.

Poloz had a penalty claim turned down when he rounded Marinovic and went to ground, with referee Wilmar Roldan receiving no help from the video assistant - while Georgiy Dzhikiya's powerful strike was pushed wide by the keeper.

The uncertainty lasted far beyond the six-second target Federation Internationale de Football Association had set a year ago for officials to review their opinions.

However, we should not rush to judgement considering that VARs are new for players, coaches and referees alike. "But we have to be careful because I don't think people understand this new rule really well".

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