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Russian Federation scores wild first goal vs. New Zealand at 2017 Confederations Cup

The opening of the 2017 Confederations Cup is here, with hosts Russian Federation taking on New Zealand in the first match of the tournament.Russian Federation went ahead in the first half of the Group A encounter through what was credited as an own goal from the New Zealand defender Michael Boxall, and Smolov wrapped up the victory in the 69th minute.Prior to attending the match at the 68,000-capacity sold-out Krestovsky Stadium, neither Matt nor Fred had ever been at a “real football ground” of that size, noting that all the soccer stadiums in New Zealand are shared with rugby teams, or worse – converted from cricket pitches.”When the president of your country comes out to make a speech this mobilizes us”, Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov said through a translator.Russia’s win certainly eased the pressure on winning its second game, against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in Moscow on Wednesday.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.”We achieved a very good result and at times a very good game”.Russian Federation 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 White Nights are incredible – I learned about that when the sun didn’t go down”, said Matt. “Even though we speak different languages, the people here have tried to help any way they can”. “We can just focus on the football, which is what we want to do”.What is the Confederations Cup?After having two early chances cleared off the line, they took the lead when Michael Boxall scored an own goal after Denis Glushakov had struck the post. The president prefers ice hockey and saw a team that carried fervent hopes of an Olympic title lose on home ice in the quarterfinals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Six champions of the Federation Internationale de Football Association confederations from around the globe, along with the previous World Cup champions and the upcoming hosts.