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Hosts Russia make winning start in Confederations Cup

Sun Online Desk     18th June, 2017 10:12:04 printer

Hosts Russia make winning start in Confederations Cup

Hosts Russia made a winning start to their Confederations Cup campaign with a routine 2-0 victory over New Zealand at the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg.

 

Midfielder Denis Glushakov flicked the ball over goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic in the 31st minute as New Zealand defenders rushed back to try to clear it off the line. New Zealand's Michael Boxall got a touch on the ball and was credited with an own goal.

 

Marinovic kept his team in the match early in the second half with back-to-back saves, diving to punch away a header by Dmitry Poloz before scrambling to his left to smother a rebound attempt by Aleksandr Erokhin.

 

But weak defending allowed Russia's Fedor Smolov to slip past the New Zealand defence and tap in a low cross by team mate Alexander Samedov in the 69th minute.

 

Russia will hope to secure their place in the latter stages of the competition when they take on Portugal on Wednesday, while Anthony Hudson’s side play Mexico on the same day.

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