Russian Federation eases to 2-0 Confederations Cup win over New Zealand

Russia’s fast start contrasted with New Zealand seeming unsettled early in a game that began after an unusual pre-match ceremony.The personnel will be on duty at facilities housing athletes and official representatives of teams, transport facilities, fan zones and hotels.St. Petersburg: Russia breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday after its soccer team won the opening match of the Confederations Cup and the country demonstrated that one of its most problematic World Cup pitches was fit for global matches.The Confederations Cup brings together the winners of each continent’s regional competition, plus the World Cup winners and future World Cup hosts. More than 23,000 staff members of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry ensure security at events of the FIFA Confederations Cup, the ministry’s press service said on Saturday. “And it’s a great football occasion”, added Mutko, who is also president of the Russian Football Union.”For us it is very important to make people in the country fall in love with the national team”, said Smolov, the 27-year-old FC Krasnodar forward who was named the game’s best player.”It is the experience and knowledge that will be of enormous value for 2018″.ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) – Host nation Russia beat a poor New Zealand team 2-0 on Saturday to open the Confederations Cup with a win that was all but demanded by Vladimir Putin. Portugal and Mexico are other teams in Group A and will face-off on Sunday, June 18.And Samoura said that 480,000 tickets had already been sold-60 percent of the overall total.”The clashes between the fans in Marseille past year were ugly”, Alexei Sorokin, the CEO of Russia’s organising committee, told AFP in a recent interview.Shprygin was among a group of Russian fans expelled from France after violence flared before and during Russia’s Euro 2016 match against England in Marseille.”But Russia’s authorities have worked out a comprehensive security concept that will act during the major football tournaments here to avoid any chance of the repetition of such kind of events”.Sitting in first in Group A of the Oceania region, New Zealand’s hopes of World Cup qualification look likely as the play-offs draw near in November this year.