While Russia defeated New Zealand in the Confederations Cup opener, many questions still surround their predictability.
On Sunday, Portugal and Mexico face off from Group A while Chile and Cameroon are playing each other from Group B.
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.
The New Zealand defender threw himself at the ball in a desperate attempt to to deny Denis Glushakov’s effort, but the All Whites player ended up in the goal with the ball, with Glushakov reeling off to celebrate with his teammates.
Russian Federation were on the front foot early and had two chances cleared off the line in the opening 10 minutes.
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.
Rating chances came early for Russian Federation, having fun with self-confidence as well as unanticipated panache, a powerful header by protector Viktor Vasin jumping off the inside of the article prior to being cleared by New Zealand’s Michael McGlinchey.
The championship game will be played on July 2 in St. Petersburg. Tommy Smith then tidied up when Poloz poked a close-range shot slowly past Marinovic.
Ten minutes before kickoff, both teams lined up in front of the main stand to listen speeches by Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
Coach Stanislav Cherchesov claimed that his players were given extra inspiration to fight for the victory after Russian President Vladimir Putin had given a speech to officially open the tournament.
“Here, on modern football arenas there will be tough, honest, fair fight until the last minutes of the match”, Putin said in Russian, adding that the eight-team, two-week event would “unite nations and continents, to promote the values of fair and handsome play”. The president prefers ice hockey and saw a team that carried fervent hopes of an Olympic title lose on home ice in the quarterfinals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.