Russian Federation beat New Zealand in Confederations Cup opener

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Russian Federation beat New Zealand in Confederations Cup opener

Live reports from four host cities, interviews with athletes, special guests, and over a dozen matches - don't miss RT's special coverage of the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2017 Confederations Cup, which opens this Saturday in St. Petersburg.

The eight-nation, 16-game tournament features the host nation, 2014 World Cup victor Germany and champions of FIFA's six continental governing bodies.

Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Portugal is not anxious about Cristiano Ronaldo being distracted at the Confederations Cup by talk of his possible departure from Real Madrid.

The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup has kicked off in the iconic Russian city of St. Petersburg, with a ceremony showing off folk and contemporary Russian culture.

A Confederations Cup host nation hasn't failed to advance to the knockout stages since 2001.

The 25-year-old midfielder praised the organizational efforts of Russian Federation to host the FIFA tournament. FIFA President Gianni Infantino will also attend the match.

"I thought I scored the opening goal but it doesn't really matter who was credited for it", Glushakov said. "The main thing is that we took the lead".

"As much as 44,000 tickets have been sold for the opening match in St Petersburg with 24 hours remaining before the kick-off", Samoura added.

The issue of racism against fans and hooliganism is also a concern after ugly clashes between Russian and English fans at Euro 2016 in Marseille last summer.

To watch this match online in the United States, you can stream it on the Fox Soccer Match Pass subscription service, or for free on Fox Sports Go depending on your internet provider.

Ronaldo has not spoken to the media in Kazan and his staff said it would not comment about the recent issues involving the player.

World Cup holders Germany and Australia complete the group.

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