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Russian Federation football fan leader barred from Confederations Cup

Russian Federation football fan leader barred from Confederations Cup

Russia's interior ministry has blacklisted 292 fans, including 54 spectators who last month invaded the pitch at the Russia Cup final in Sochi, effectively banning them from attending official sporting events.

Six champions of the Federation Internationale de Football Association confederations from around the globe, along with the previous World Cup champions and the upcoming hosts.

The devotion of Russia's national football team may help it to fight for the the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup trophy, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said after Russia defeated New Zealand 2-0 in the tournament's first game on Saturday.

The Spartak Moscow midfielder lifted the ball over Marinovic and saw his effort hit the post before Boxall, one of two defenders desperately scrambling back to try to clear, helped it over the line.

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The opening day of the Confederations Cup saw hosts Russian Federation take on New Zealand in St Petersburg.

Fyodor Smolov both began and ended a counter-attack which put the result beyond doubt in the second half, with Russian Federation now turning their attention to a game against Portugal on Thursday.

An own-goal from Michael Boxall and Fedor Smolov's second-half strike sealed all three points for new coach Stanislav Cherchesov's side as the tournament hosts impressed at the Krestovsky Stadium.

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo runs during a training session ahead of the Russian Federation 2017 Confederation Cup football tournament in Kazan on Saturday.

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Russian Federation took the lead on 31 minutes after New Zealand lost possession in their own half.

But this ID also serves as an additional security measure as fans can not enter the stadium without it even if they have a ticket for the match.

Group A rivals Portugal and Mexico meet in Kazan on Sunday.

Ronaldo will be able to focus his fans' minds on playing after widespread suggestions this week he wants to leave Real Madrid and Spain, where his tax affairs are under investigation.

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Along with Team Russia, they will welcome teams from seven countries: New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico (Group A); and Germany, Chile, Cameroon and Australia (Group B).


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