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Confident Russia dispatch NZ in Confed Cup

18 Junio 2017, 10:37 | Benedicto Grullon

Confident Russia dispatch NZ in Confed Cup

Confident Russia dispatch NZ in Confed Cup

Russia's Fedor Smolov, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Confederations, Cup Group A soccer match between Russia and New Zealand, at the St.Petersburg stadium in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturd. The tournament will test the country's ability ahead of the mega event.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kick off today, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist.

It's an worldwide eight-team tournament, played every four years.

Hosts Russia kick off the Confederations Cup against New Zealand in Saint Petersburg today, targeting victory in their opening match to set the tone for a successful soccer tournament. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov has blended in several exciting players for the Sbornaya. But after their impressive run of form to the final of Euro 2016, Portugal are preparing to add a second major trophy for their national team. "We are the only team at the Confed Cup that has not won any other tournament to qualify, but we will do our best".

The tournament kicks off on Saturday when hosts Russian Federation host New Zealand on June 17 with Mexico and Portugal also in Group A.

(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis). Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo plays with the ball during a training session at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

And Samoura said that 480,000 tickets had already been sold - 60 percent of the overall total.

What is the Confederations Cup? "In our case, tickets for matches involving Russian Federation are in the highest demand", Sorokin said in comments carried by TASS.

The last time Russian Federation fans were really celebrating was Euro 2008, when Guus Hiddink led the team to a quarter-final victory over Holland, leading to wild scenes of celebration on the streets of Moscow and the team being welcomed home as heroes despite a crushing semi-final defeat at the hands of Spain.

Russian Federation faces a stress test of its readiness to host the 2018 World Cup as the Confederations Cup kicks off Saturday (Sunday in Manila) amid concerns over hooliganism and security.

"This tournament is an incredible opportunity for us to keep improving and make sure we are ready for our World Cup qualifiers in September and November".

He has justified leaving his leading stars behind by arguing the cup has little place in an already congested fixture schedule.

Ronaldo was making the headlines on Friday because of a report that said he wants to leave Real Madrid and Spain following allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities.

And Huddy senior is quick to reveal that he himself, despite his famous footballing pedigree, has played little part in Anthony's rise through the coaching ranks.

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