Confederations Cup 2017 begins with Russia - New Zealand game

The match kicked off at the Saint Petersburg Stadium
17 June 2017
FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 began at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Russia plays New Zealand in the opener.

The Russian team started with the following line-up:

Russia: Igor Akinfeev; Georgy Dzhikya, Viktor Vasin, Fedor Kudryashov; Aleksandr Samedov, Denis Glushakov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Dmitry Poloz, Fedor Smolov, Aleksandr Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov.

New Zealand started with: Stefan Marinovic, Deklan Wynne, Michael Boxall, Kosta Barbarouses, Michael McGlinchey, Chris Wood, Marco Rojas, Kip Colvey, Ryan Thomas, Tommy Smith and Andrew Durante.

Notable persons at the game include Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chairman of the Russia 2018 LOC and Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, General Director of the Russia 2018 LOC Aleksey Sorokin, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samura and legendary Brazilian footballer Pele. 

The Confederations Cup will be hosted from June 17 to July 2 in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi. Russia will play in Group A with New Zealand (June 17, Saint Petersburg), Portugal (June 21, Moscow) and Mexico (June 24, Kazan). Group B consists of Germany, Chile, Australia and Cameroon. Teams in first and second places in groups advance to semi-finals. The final match will be held in Saint Petersburg July 2.


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