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Saturday, June 17, 2017

2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia - Match 01 Group A Russia Vs New Zealand Saturday June 17,2017

Hosts Russia kick off the Confederations Cup against New Zealand in Saint Petersburg on Saturday June 17,2017, targeting victory in their opening match to set the tone for a successful tournament.

It will be the first meeting between Russia and New Zealand, the champions of Oceania, in the post-Soviet era. The USSR beat New Zealand 3-0 at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

But Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov, appointed after the country's disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, predicts a tricky encounter as he oversees his first competitive match in charge

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the opener along with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino at Saint Petersburg's purpose-built World Cup 68,000-seater stadium.

Russia beat New Zealand 2-0

Hosts Russia got off to a winning start at the Confederations Cup on Saturday, Fedor Smolov's second-half goal sealing a 2-0 win over New Zealand in Saint Petersburg in the tournament opener.

Russia went ahead in the first half of the Group A encounter through what was credited as an own goal from New Zealand defender Michael Boxall, and Smolov -- top scorer in the Russian league last season -- wrapped up the points in the 69th minute.

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