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Russian Federation relieved after passing first World Cup test

World champions Germany and the champions from FIFA’s six confederations are competing in the two-week tournament that will allow Russian Federation to test its soccer infrastructure in four of the 11 cities hosting World Cup matches.Rio de Janeiro, June 17: Brazil and Russian Federation are close to confirming an global friendly ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup, according to Russia’s top football official.Fans need to formalize and get a fan-ID to get to 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup matches.Hosts Russia kick off the Confederations Cup against New Zealand in St Petersburg today, targeting victory in their opening match to set the tone for a successful tournament.Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup winners Germany, 2015 Copa America champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup champions Australia, 2015 Concacaf Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) champions Cameroon.In the 69th minute, Russian Federation scored again when Smolov started a move on the halfway line, passed the ball wide to the right to Alexander Samedov and Smolov sprinted in to the penalty area to score from five yards.Nani (C) and Portugal players celebrate after their team’s 1-0 win against France in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France.New Zealand is now without a win in four trips to the Confederations Cup, and next plays Mexico on Wednesday in Sochi.Poloz’s neat touch set up Denis Glushakov, who dinked his effort over goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic and off the post before Boxall bundled the ball into his own net.”We have visited Moscow and the St Petersburg stadium and I can say that every technical detail there has been fine-tuned and we can expect one of the best competitions ever here in Russian Federation”, said the Senegalese FIFA official.Moscow: Alexis Sanchez has sprained his ankle in training and may miss Chile’s Confederations Cup opener against Cameroon.With an average age of just 24 years and four months, and a combined total of 179 worldwide appearances, Germany have the most youthful squad of the eight Confederation Cup teams.