Over the next 17 days, the holders of FIFA’s six continental championships, plus the World Cup holders and the host nation, will compete in global football’s tournament of champions, reports Xinhua news agency.
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.
“It’s a high-profile match”, Mexico forward Hirving Lozano said.
Putin, fully aware of the discord between fans and arguably the worst Russian Federation team in a generation, went on national television on Thursday and told Stanislav Cherchesov’s players to shape up, sharpish.
“We are slightly deflated”, the Englishman said in the post-match press conference.
The opening of the 2017 Confederations Cup is here, with hosts Russian Federation taking on New Zealand in the first match of the tournament.
The anti-discrimination observers, meanwhile, are a natural continuation of the monitoring system that FIFA has put in place to monitor FIFA World Cup qualifiers and selected friendlies.
Hudson told the New Zealand Herald in an interview that Russian Federation is under more pressure because they are the host and the All Whites have nothing to lose since they have never won a game in the Confederations Cup.
But as always, the host nation gets an opportunity to test the water so to speak and that’s in the shape of the Confederations Cup.
KAZAN, Russia (AP) – Portugal is not anxious about Cristiano Ronaldo being distracted at the Confederations Cup by talk of his possible departure from Real Madrid.
“Ronaldo is motivated”, young Portugal forward Andre Silva said Friday.
Improving Russia might be able to spring a surprise or two, while Mexico can beat anyone on their day and are probably in the best shape of all participating sides. Portugal will play Mexico in the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunday, Ju. Afterwards, the innovation was implemented during the 2014 World Cup Brazil, the 2016 European Championship in France and during the finals of the 2016 Europe League.
An the end of the ceremony, the mascot of the 2017 Confederations Cup, charming wolf Zabivaka, descended on an artificial cloud from the top of the stadium and made a first symbolic kick of the ball across the pitch to signal the opening of the tournament.
One of the big talking points in the build-up to the Confederations Cup was video assistant referees, who essentially serve as an instant replay system and are being utilized for the first time in a major worldwide tournament.
Real Madrid’s super attacker will be looking for a first FIFA tournament win with Portugal, to cap off one of the finest 12 months in world football.