Portugal sees Ronaldo fully focused on Confederations Cup

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New Zealand will look to pick themselves up ahead of their next game against Mexico in Sochi's Fisht Stadium on Wednesday, before returning to St. Petersburg for their last group game against Portugal on Saturday.

THE Confederations Cup kicks off with a match that will be of great interest to Leeds United fans.

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 UK firm features a very good coverage of the showpiece tournament, quoting a plethora of pre-match and in-play betting markets, with their Each Way First Goalscorers and Bore Draw Money Back offers available throughout the competition.

Next year's World Cup will take place in 12 stadiums spread across 11 cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, and Sochi, the host cities for the Confederations Cup.

The over 68,000-seat capacity stadium created to host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches was laid down in the western portion of Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg in 2007.

Here is everything you need to know about the opening match of the World Cup warm-up tournament.


New Zealand rallied briefly and midfielder Ryan Thomas forced Russian keeper Igor Akinfeev into a smart save, but in reality Russia ran out comfortable winners and could have added more goals late on.

Putin had also asked the players to perform like warriors, though they hardly needed to be war-like in dispatching No. 95 New Zealand, which seemed to find the world stage too big.

It was a game Russian Federation were widely expected to win against a New Zealand team that are Oceania champions but are the lowest-ranked nation in the tournament.

The Kiwis threatened only with back-to-back chances in the 78th minute: A powerful Ryan Thomas shot saved by Russian Federation captain Igor Akinfeev and Tommy Smith's header blocked on the line.

From Russia's fourth corner, defender Viktor Vasin's header saw the ball spin off a post and across the goalmouth before Michael McGlinchey cleared.

Ipswich's Tommy Smith was then on hand to keep Russian Federation at bay as the defender cleared Dmitry Poloz's effort.

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