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Winning start for Russiain Confederations Cup

New Zealand is now without a win in four trips to the Confederations Cup, and next plays Mexico on Wednesday in Sochi.On Saturday, Russia marched on toward hosting football’s biggest party when the rehearsal tournament, the Confederations Cup, kicked off in the $750 million new stadium in Putin’s native St. Petersburg.Hosts Russia could not have made a better start to the FIFA Confederations Cup, following up a spectacular opening ceremony with a 2-0 defeat of New Zealand in the opening match of the tournament, according to the official website of FIFA.Putin even got to meet Pele at half time.Russian Federation took the lead through Michael Boxall’s first-half own goal.The Confederations Cup is considered a warm up for next summer’s World Cup.After New Zealand lost possession in a unsafe area, Poloz’s neat touch released Glushakov, who clipped his finish over Marinovic and off the post before Boxall bundled the ball into his own net as he and Smith frantically tried to clear.Scoring chances came early for Russian Federation, playing with confidence and unexpected flair, a powerful header by defender Viktor Vasin bouncing off the inside of the post before being cleared by New Zealand’s Michael McGlinchey. Tommy Smith then tidied up when Poloz poked a close-range shot slowly past Marinovic.Coach Stanislav Cherchesov claimed that his players were given extra inspiration to fight for the victory after Russian President Vladimir Putin had given a speech to officially open the tournament. He 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.