Russia coach has comic touch at Confederations Cup

  • Russia coach has comic touch at Confederations Cup

Russia coach has comic touch at Confederations Cup

Football's world governing body Fifa has promised to take steps to stop what it called the mobbing of referees during the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation this month, as part of its "play fair" initiative.

"I liked New Zealand's team but luckily we managed to cancel out their strengths and displayed ours, and that was the key to our win tonight", Cherchesov said.

"We are focused on the task at hand, we are not going to get carried away with who we are playing". The Soviet Union took the honours in that game by defeating New Zealand 3-0. The All-Whites won every match they played in the OFC Nations Cup until having to settle for a penalty shootout win in the final after a scoreless regulation period.

A small but hardy band of All Whites fans made the 16,000km journey from their homeland to the Confederations Cup opener in St. Petersburg, and although their team lost to the hosts, they scored a victory of their own.

Russia, a record low 63rd in FIFA's world rankings, face Portugal on Wednesday while New Zealand play Mexico the same day.

The first goal of the 2017 Confederations Cup belongs to the hosts.

New Zealand qualified for the World Cup for the first ever time in 1982 and was grouped with Brazil, Scotland and the Soviet Union.

"I believe we will have the same team as we did in this game against Portugal".

Host Russia were clearly the better side as they missed a handful of chances, but the three points was all that matters.

Nevertheless, in this match I think victory will be for Russian Federation, and with a difference of 2 goals - 2: 0, 3: 1.

After a disastrous Euro 2016, when they were humiliated after an opening draw with Roy Hodgson's England, the Russian Football Union sacked Leonid Slutsky and hired Stanislav Cherchesov, who brought in younger players. We are looking forward to it, we are not panicking, we are not anxious.

Russia's first global match as an independent nation was a 2-0 win over Mexico in 1992.

Known as the All Whites, by way of distinguishing themselves from the famous All Blacks with the oval ball, New Zealand's footballers have certainly benefited from Hudson junior's presence and remain hopeful of reaching next summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, Leeds United striker and stand-in captain Wood said the squad will look to Iceland's exploits in last year's European Championship as inspiration. I wouldn't say in the past years we have been winning a lot of tournaments, but of course we want to achieve more than we have achieved in the past several years in terms of football.