Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Federation Internationale de Football Association sells 65% of tickets for Confederations Cup matches

The New Zealand defender threw himself at the ball in a desperate attempt to to deny Denis Glushakov's effort, but the All Whites player ended up in the goal with the ball, with Glushakov reeling off to celebrate with his teammates.

Russian Federation have had a good run of games coming into the Confederations Cup.

It's an global eight-team tournament, played every four years.

The All Whites now travel to Sochi to face world No.17 Mexico early on Thursday (NZT), and Hudson says they'll be a better team for the hit-out against Russian Federation.

As Infantino said, the Federation Internationale de Football Association will work with Russia for one more year to organize the best World Cup.

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Football fans shone with excitement as the Russian team won the opening match of the Confederations Cup against New Zealand.

Russian Federation went ahead in the first half of the Group A encounter through what was credited as an own goal from New Zealand defender Michael Boxall, and Smolov wrapped up the victory in the 69th minute.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will for the first time also implement a three-step procedure that allow referees to stop matches in the event of racist or discriminatory incidents - a new measure Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko welcomed as the "absolute right decision".

Andres Guardado and Mexico trained in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

Pizzi says the Chile staff is "optimistic from the images we've seen, but we understand and know that the player still feels pain, and that's why we'll wait until tomorrow to decide if he plays".

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Asked if his team could have been more aggressive, Hudson's response was emphatic.

Meanwhile, Mexico forward Raul Jimenez, who plays his club football in Portugal with Benfica, is confident his team-mates can keep Ronaldo quiet at the Kazan Arena.

"When the president of your country comes out to make a speech this mobilizes us", said coach Stanislav Cherchesov, a former goalkeeper who played for the national team before and after the fall of communism.

New Zealand are featuring in their fourth Confederations Cup, recording just a single point from nine outings to date.

A Confederations Cup trophy, never mind a World Cup title, might be too much to ask even for Putin, But Saturday was a start.

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