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Vladimir Putin speech motivated Russia, says Cherchesov

Spencer Simpson | 18 June, 2017, 01:09

"We achieved a very good result and at times a very good game".

Cameroon, Australia and New Zealand are not really expected to progress from the group stage, let alone fight for the coveted trophy, but they will attempt to defy the odds and at least improve their position in the Fifa Rankings.

"I believe we will have the same team as we did in this game against Portugal". "We could have been more aggressive".

It leaves him exposed with a squad shorn of experience and class but if they can get out of a group that also includes Mexico and European champions Portugal it will show progress ahead of the main event next summer when the world's best come to Russian Federation. Portugal and Mexico are other teams in Group A and will face-off on Sunday, June 18.

New Zealand is now without a win in four trips to the Confederations Cup, and next plays Mexico on Wednesday in Sochi.

New Zealand had their first major chance in the 78th minute.

Russia's opening goal had an ugly finish after two pretty pieces of individual skill once the All-Whites defense needlessly lost the ball.

The goal was initially awarded to Denis Glushakov before it was ruled as an own goal upon review. A three-player race to meet the rebound off a post saw the sliding Boxall's trailing right arm get the final touch in a bundle of bodies.

It helped the Russian team to seize the lead after twice having shots stopped on the line.

New Zealand never came closer to scoring than a 78th-minute sequence when Ryan Thomas' half-volley strike was saved by Igor Akinfeev, and Tommy Smith's header on the ensuing corner was cleared off the line by Yuri Zhirkov just inside the far post.

Russian Federation came so close again when Dmitry Poloz chested down a cross from right and stabbed his effort from six yards past Marinovic, only for Tommy Smith to get back on the line to clear.

When is Russian Federation vs New Zealand and where can I watch it?

Stanislav Cherchesov says Vladimir Putin's rousing speech at the Confederations Cup opening ceremony gave Russian Federation extra motivation to defeat New Zealand.

"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.

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