Saturday 17th of June 2017 was opened the Confederation Cup 2017 between the host of the World Cup from next year Russia and New Zealand. It is already a tradition for the last 12 years that the future host to of the FIFA World Cup is hosting the Confederation Cup tournament as a worming up training on the top level for the future up coming event.
It is not so far ago when Russian National Football Team showed the most entertaining football at the Euro 2008, reaching the semifinals against Spain after trashing wonder-team of Netherlands in UEFA Euro Championship Quarterfinals final score 3-1. There are not so many surprising news about national football team of New Zealand and tonight’s game in theory seemed to be one quite equal.
In a day that Russian supporters could train their stadium choreography, chants, expose their banners and flags, on the peach the host team started from the beginning to play an attacking, passe and fluid football managing to provoking and error from opposite side managing to grab home one goal in each time.
Full time score:
Russia 2-1 New Zealand
Russia National Team: Igor Akinfeev, Viktor Vasin, Georgiy Dzhikiya, Dmitry Poloz(61′ Aleksandr Bukharov), Denis Glushakov, Fedor Smolov(83′ Aleksey Miranchuk), Fedor Kudryashov, Aleksandr Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Yerokhin(71′ Dmitry Tarasov).
Unused substitute: Igor Smolnikov, Roman Shishkin, Yuri Gazinskiy, Ruslan Kambolov, Vladimir Gabulov, Ilya Kutepov, Maxim Kanunnikov, Dmitri Kombarov.
Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov.
New Zealand line up: Stefan Marinovic, Deklan Wynne, Michael Boxall, Kosta Barbarouses(61′ Bill Poni Tuiloma), Michael McGlinchey, Cris Wrood, Marco Rojas(71′ Shane Smeltz), Ryan Thomas, Kip Colvey(83′ Monty Patterson), Tommy Smith, Andrew Durante.
Unused substitute: Samuel Brotherton, Themistoklis Tzimopoulos, Glen Moss, Clayton Lewis, Dane Ingham, Thomas Doyle, Alex Rufer, Storm Roux, Tamati Williams.
Coach: Anthony Hudson.