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Russian Federation topple New Zealand in opening fixture of FIFA Confederations Cup

Russian Federation topple New Zealand in opening fixture of FIFA Confederations Cup

New Zealand's Michael Boxall got a touch on the ball and was credited with an own goal. Portugal and Mexico are other teams in Group A and will face-off on Sunday, June 18.

Russia's midfielder Denis Glushakov (C back) is congratulated after scoring the first goal of the match during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match between Russian Federation and New Zealand at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint-Petersburg on June 17, 2017.

Russia's Denis Glushakov, top, chips the ball over New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic to score the opening goal during the Confederations, Cup Group A soccer match between Russian Federation and New Zealand, at the St.Petersburg st.

Midfielder Denis Glushakov flicked the ball over goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic in the 31st minute as New Zealand defenders rushed back to try to clear it off the line.

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Russian Federation deserved its first-half lead after twice having shots stopped on the line in the opening 10 minutes.

New Zealand had their first major chance in the 78th minute. Tommy Smith then tidied up when Poloz poked a close-range shot slowly past Marinovic.

"When the president of our country comes out to make a speech it mobilises us and gives us great motivation, but it also adds to our responsibilities", Cherchesov told reporters.

In the tournament's opening game at Saint Petersburg Stadium and with President Vladimir Putin, FIFA chief Gianni Infantino and football legend Pele all in attendance, Russian Federation made the winning start to the tournament that was widely expected of them against a lower-ranked New Zealand team.

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Russia's victory showed it can win a big game at home, even if Putin is in the arena.

Shprygin, who was twice deported from France previous year during Euro 2016, said he had been notified by organisers that his fan-ID, needed to attend matches, had been cancelled.

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