Fans Celebrate Russia's Win In Confederations Cup Opener

Getty Images Anthony Hudson... in full cry as New Zealand boss recen

Getty Images Anthony Hudson... in full cry as New Zealand boss recen

FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 starts today in Russian Federation.

So after the ceremony, Hosts Russia got off to a winning start, Fedor Smolov's second-half goal sealing a 2-0 win over New Zealand in Saint Petersburg in the tournament opener.

The game was scored with an own goal by New Zealand's Michael Boxall at the 31st minute of the game.

After clashes between Russian and English soccer fans marred last year's European Championship, Putin adopted legislation toughening punishments for stadium violence as part of a broader crackdown on hooliganism.

"He is an example for us, the way he works, the way he plays", Patricio said.

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(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis). Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo plays with the ball during a training session at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. "But we're a great side too, and I'm sure we can stop him", striker Raul Jimenez, a Portuguese league and cup double victor with Benfica said. "We could have been more aggressive".

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo runs during a training session ahead of the Russian Federation 2017 Confederation Cup football tournament in Kazan on Saturday.

New Zealand almost pulled a goal back in the 77th minute but Akinfeev produced a fine save to keep out Ryan Thomas' effort, before Tommy Smith saw his header cleared off the line a minute later.

When the goal came, it had an ugly finish after two pretty pieces of individual skill once the All-Whites defense needlessly lost the ball.

Russian Federation were on the front foot early and had two chances cleared off the line in the opening 10 minutes.

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Viktor Vasin hit the post, Dmitry Poloz saw a stabbed effort cleared off the line while New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic made numerous saves to keep the scoreline blank.

Federation Internationale de Football Association general secretary Fatma Samoura said on Friday that the estimated attendance for the tournament would be 65 percent, and that Russia's match against European champions Portugal had been sold out for weeks.

Surrounded by officials FIFA President Gianni Infantino, third from left, seen during his visit to Media centre prior the Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

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.

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