Portugal goal against Mexico annulled after video review

The Hermitage is now home to some 50 cats which live in the museum's cellars and catch mice. The USSR beat New Zealand 3-0 at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

Russian Federation eventually broke the deadlock in the 30th minute as Denis Glushakov was played through on goal by Fyodor Smolov and lobbed on-rushing Marinovic.

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

But anything other than a convincing win against the New Zealanders would have caused major worries for Russian Federation, and the team will face a much sterner test when they take on Portugal in Moscow on Wednesday.

"We don't get a lot of opportunities to play against top teams, so this has been an unbelievable experience for us, and we're going to learn a lot from this game".

New Zealand is not a frequent guest of the Confederations Cup.

Since clashes between Russian and English fans tarnished the European championship in France a year ago, Putin has approved legislation that toughens punishments for violence at sporting events as part of a broader crackdown on hooliganism.

"I can only tell you that with the squad Portugal brought, it's basically the best team they could have, apart from Renato Sanches".

He also congratulated the local Organizing Committee, the Russian Football Union and all those who had taken efforts to hold the Confederations Cup.

Speaking of our Confederations Cup predictions, we seriously doubt under-strength Germany side will reach the final stages, so our money is on one of Portugal or Chile lifting the trophy.

New Zealand are appearing at the Confed Cup for the fourth time, although the All Whites are still hunting for a first victory in the eight-team competition. We've prepared thoroughly and we just have to expect that the players play properly and execute the game plan. "We hope that this figure will increase as the tournament proceeds further", Sorokin said.

However, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said last week terrorism did not pose any threat to Confederations Cup participants and spectators. And we will go into the next game with the same mindset.

The start of the FIFA Confederations Cup football tournament is a great holiday for entire Russia, Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Saturday.

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