Confederations Cup - Group A
Russia2New Zealand0

Russia 2-0 New Zealand

Krasnodar striker Fedor Smolov scores for Russia
Krasnodar striker Fedor Smolov made it 2-0 in the 69th minute

Hosts Russia kicked off their Confederations Cup campaign with a comfortable Group A victory over New Zealand in St Petersburg.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino opened the tournament with a speech inside the St Petersburg Stadium, with Russian president Vladimir Putin and legendary Brazil footballer Pele in attendance.

Russia took the lead through Michael Boxall's first-half own goal.

Fedor Smolov scored a second from close range after the break.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian president Vladimir Putin
Fifa president Gianni Infantino (two from left) and Russia president Vladimir Putin (three from right) in conversation at the opening match of the 2017 Confederations Cup

Also in Russia's group are Mexico and Portugal, whose squad includes Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Group B consists of Cameroon, Chile, Australia and world champions Germany.

The tournament, which first took place in 2005, is being held in the country hosting the World Cup next year.

Russia fans' head barred

Russian fan leader Alexander Shprygin was prevented from attending the opening match, according to Reuters.

Shprygin said he had been notified by Confederations Cup organisers that his fan-ID - required to attend matches - had been cancelled.

"No-one explained the reasons for this," he told Reuters.

"They gave me a fan-ID and then two hours [before the match] they cancelled it, apparently on purpose so I don't have the time to complain."

Shprygin was expelled from France after violence occurred before and during Russia's Euro 2016 match against England in Marseille.

Read: World Cup hosts come under the spotlight

Line-ups

Russia

  • 1Akinfeev
  • 19Samedov
  • 6Jikia
  • 5Vasin
  • 13Kudryashov
  • 18Zhirkov
  • 21ErokhinSubstituted forTarasovat 77'minutes
  • 8Glushakov
  • 17Golovin
  • 9SmolovSubstituted forMiranchukat 90'minutes
  • 7PolozSubstituted forBukharovat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Smolnikov
  • 3Shishkin
  • 4Gazinskiy
  • 10Kambolov
  • 11Bukharov
  • 12Gabulov
  • 14Kutepov
  • 15Miranchuk
  • 16Alvim Marinato
  • 20Kanunnikov
  • 22Tarasov
  • 23Kombarov

New Zealand

  • 1Marinovic
  • 18ColveySubstituted forPattersonat 83'minutes
  • 5Boxall
  • 22Durante
  • 20Smith
  • 3Wynne
  • 8McGlinchey
  • 11RojasSubstituted forSmeltzat 71'minutes
  • 14Thomas
  • 7BarbarousesSubstituted forTuilomaat 61'minutes
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 2Brotherton
  • 4Tzimopoulos
  • 6Tuiloma
  • 10Smeltz
  • 12Moss
  • 13Patterson
  • 15Lewis
  • 16Ingham
  • 17Doyle
  • 19Rufer
  • 21Roux
  • 23Williams
Referee:
Wilmar Roldán
Attendance:
50,251

Match Stats

Home TeamRussiaAway TeamNew Zealand
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Russia 2, New Zealand 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Russia 2, New Zealand 0.

Hand ball by Aleksandr Bukharov (Russia).

Corner, Russia. Conceded by Michael Boxall.

Corner, Russia. Conceded by Andrew Durante.

Attempt missed. Bill Poni Tuiloma (New Zealand) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right.

Hand ball by Denis Glushakov (Russia).

Substitution

Substitution, Russia. Aleksey Miranchuk replaces Fedor Smolov.

Attempt saved. Fedor Smolov (Russia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandr Golovin.

Corner, Russia. Conceded by Michael Boxall.

Foul by Giorgi Jikia (Russia).

Monty Patterson (New Zealand) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Russia. Conceded by Michael Boxall.

Substitution

Substitution, New Zealand. Monty Patterson replaces Kip Colvey.

Attempt missed. Ryan Thomas (New Zealand) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bill Poni Tuiloma.

Attempt missed. Yuri Zhirkov (Russia) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dmitriy Tarasov following a set piece situation.

Fedor Smolov (Russia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tommy Smith (New Zealand).

Dmitriy Tarasov (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Boxall (New Zealand).

Attempt blocked. Tommy Smith (New Zealand) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael McGlinchey with a cross.

Corner, New Zealand. Conceded by Igor Akinfeev.

Attempt saved. Ryan Thomas (New Zealand) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Russia. Dmitriy Tarasov replaces Aleksandr Erokhin.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Giorgi Jikia (Russia) because of an injury.

Fyodor Kudryashov (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Boxall (New Zealand).

Substitution

Substitution, New Zealand. Shane Smeltz replaces Marco Rojas.

Foul by Fyodor Kudryashov (Russia).

Marco Rojas (New Zealand) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Fedor Smolov (Russia).

Goal!

Goal! Russia 2, New Zealand 0. Fedor Smolov (Russia) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

Foul by Aleksandr Bukharov (Russia).

Michael McGlinchey (New Zealand) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marco Rojas (New Zealand).

Substitution

Substitution, Russia. Aleksandr Bukharov replaces Dmitriy Poloz.

Attempt missed. Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, New Zealand. Bill Poni Tuiloma replaces Kosta Barbarouses.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 17th June 2017

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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia11002023
2Mexico00000000
3Portugal00000000
4New Zealand100102-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Australia00000000
2Cameroon00000000
3Chile00000000
4Germany00000000
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