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Putin to attend Confed Cup opening match

It is the probably the second major tournament after the FIFA World Cup and this year Russian Federation is about to host this tournament. Eder was the striker when Portugal won the European championship, scoring the victor in the final against host France, but he didn’t even make it to Fernando Santos’ squad for the Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up event. Ronaldo has scored 12 goals in six global outings since coming off injured in the Euro final, but Mexico – winners of the Confederations Cup in 1999 – are confident they can stop him.Fellow Confederations Cup Group A teams Russian Federation and New Zealand opened the tournament in St. Petersburg on Saturday, with the hosts running out comfortable 2-0 winners.The games will be held at stadiums in Moscow (Spartak), Sochi (Fisht) and at the same arena in St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg Arena) and Kazan (Kazan Arena).The Kiwis also thought they should have had a spot kick in the second half when the ball hit Aleksandr Erokhin’s chest … but the referee once again did not even get the incident reviewed.The first game will be played against Russian Federation and New Zealand.Russian Federation made an impressive start to the tournament in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, winning 2-0 thanks to Michael Boxall’s own goal and a Fyodor Smolov strike, in a victory that was more convincing than the scoreline suggests.Portugal players practice drills during an official training session at the Rubin Training Ground in Kazan, Russia, on Friday, June 16, 2017.In the pre-match press conference, Osorio showed respect for Portugal, but also warned of his own team’s attacking prowess. “We all hope that the guys play with full commitment, like real warriors and athletes, to at least please the fans with their effort to win”. Though 50,251 were in St. Petersburg Stadium that still left more than 10,000 empty seats. Control matches before the start of the Confederations Cup for New Zealand were not easy, and the meeting against Northern Ireland and Belarus ended in defeat with the same score 1: 0. Portugal will play Mexico in the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match scheduled f. “We are all with Portugal“, Infantino said.”If we apply it to perfection we have a very good chance of beating Portugal“. “I don’t know if it played a part or not. We made too many mistakes, but that means we still have plenty of homework to do”.While Germany are resting their senior players for the tournament, the Confederations Cup will benefit from the star appeal of Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.