Infantino: Not time to think about future of Confed Cup

The Kazan Arena

Hosts Russia eased to a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday in the opening match of the Confederations Cup, a tournament seen as a test for the country before it stages next year's World Cup.

Hosts Russia got their Confederations Cup campaign off to the flawless start, easing to victory against a toothless New Zealand in St Petersburg.

World champions Germany and the champions from FIFA's six confederations are competing in the two-week tournament that will allow Russian Federation to test its soccer infrastructure in four of the 11 cities hosting World Cup matches.

"When the president of our country comes out to make a speech it mobilises us and gives us great motivation, but it also adds to our responsibilities", Cherchesov told reporters. 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. New Zealand's Michael Boxall got a touch on the ball and was credited with an own goal. The entire world will be attentively watching what Russian Federation is doing.

A new pitch had to be hastily laid before kick-off after uprooted chunks of grass and bare spots on the field spoiled the first match held at the new venue in April.

"I don't know how it was to play on, but judging by the game it seemed the quality (of the pitch) was rather good".

This project has changed the landscape of the Russian football and football in the entire world. We will prepare together the best tournament, Infantino said. According to ESPN FC, fans who have tickets and have been issued a "fan ID" by the Russian government will be allowed to enter the country sans visa.

Russian Federation began their Confederations Cup campaign in ideal fashion with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday night.

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