Russian Federation 2 New Zealand 0: Hosts make confident start to Confederations Cup

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This year's tournament is held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russian Federation and they are Spartak Stadium in Moscow, St. Petersburg Stadium, Fisht Stadium in Sochi and the Kazan Arena in Kazan.

/TASS, Yevgeny Ionov/. The Russian national football team deserved 2-0 victory over New Zealand in the opening match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, New Zealand's attacking midfielder Marco Rojas told TASS.

A lovely display by Erokhin and Poloz had set Glushakov through on goal, and the latter's effort was turned in by Boxall to put the hosts ahead in the 31st minute. The European champion opens its Group A program on Sunday against Mexico in Kazan.

Marinovic denied Aleksandr Bukharov from point-blank range, but Russian Federation were untroubled throughout and now turn their attention to a crucial clash against Portugal on Wednesday.

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The 20-minute ceremony involved some 1,500 participants, who displayed various scenes of traditions and culture of four cities in Russian Federation, selected to host the global football tournament this year, reported Tass news agency.

The Confederations Cup precedes the World Cup by a year to guarantee that the facilities and provisions of the host country are ready.

Cherchesov felt president Putin's pre-match speech which ended with the proclamation, "Dear friends, let us watch football!" "We knew it was going to be a hard game, which was against the host nation and the first one". "We can just focus on the football, which is what we want to do".

Michael Boxall, left, and Tommy Smith are too late to prevent Russian Federation taking a lead in the first half.

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It helped the Russian team to seize the lead after twice having shots stopped on the line.

Without a win in 10 Confederations Cup matches, New Zealand next play Mexico on Wednesday in Sochi.

The All Whites survived until halftime but the largely one-sided nature of the match continued after the restart and in the 68th-minute a slick build-up resulted in an easy finish for striker Fedor Smolov at the back post when the Kiwi defence was again unable to clear a risky ball into the box.

A chest-high pass to forward Dmitry Poloz was deftly guided into the path of Denis Glushakov who chipped the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic. 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.

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World Cup holders Germany and Australia complete the group.

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