The Russian national football team defeated the New Zealanders in the opening match of the Confederations Cup in Russia. The meeting, which took place on Saturday at the stadium “St. Petersburg”, ended with a confident victory of the team Stanislav Cherchesova with a score of 2: 0. Fyodor Smolov scored in the hosts with a scored goal in the 69th minute, another New Zealander Michael Boxall scored another goal in the 31st minute.
Football players of the Russian national team it was extremely important to start successfully at the home Confederations Cup, and the team of Cherchesova coped with this task. The result of meeting with the main outsider of the whole tournament should not be overestimated, the most important thing at this stage is the points gained. Although they did not score a whole bunch of heads of Russians, not enough stars from the sky to New Zealanders, but they did not give a single doubt for their own superiority.
Closer to the beginning of the meeting of free seats at the stadium, “St. Petersburg” was becoming less, and when half an hour before the meeting the announcer began to announce the Russian national team, which included midfielder Petersburg “Zenith” Yuri Zhirkov, the rostrums approvingly buzzed. The head coach of the Russian team found a place in the starting lineup immediately for two forwards: strikers Dmitry Poloz and Fedor Smolov had to torment the defense of the guests on the idea of Cherchesov and coped with their task.
Smolov went to the match from the podtribunnogo room with his head held high, Poloz tried to further cheer himself, sniffing cotton wool, soaked with ammonia. Ten minutes before the meeting, the teams appeared on the field. Soon the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin delivered a welcoming speech and thanked the FIFA President for the trust, after which Gianni Infantino stated that Russia had done a fantastic job in preparing for the tournament.
“I want to thank the Russian side for the organization, I have one message: come to Russia, explore this country, you will see the best football!” Many thanks, “said the head of FIFA.
The first goal of the Confederations Cup was scored by a New Zealander
New Zealanders with a starting whistle rushed to the attack, showing that they are not going to sit on the defensive all match. But the hosts almost immediately took the initiative to their hands. One attack on the gates of the guests was replaced by another, over time they became more dangerous. At the 7th minute after the corner in the performance of Alexander Samedov Viktor Vasin hit the head in the corner – Stefan Marinovich could not save his partners, but the ball hit the bar, after which it was taken from the “ribbon” Michael McGlinchey.
Soon the Russians again had the opportunity to open an account. Dmitry Poloz took the ball in the penalty area, skillfully struck by Marinovich, who was again insured by partners. Already in the opening team Cherchesova could lead with a score of 2: 0, but her chances did not take advantage. By the 20th minute the tribunes launched a “wave”, and soon began to chant: “Need a goal!”. Smolov could count on the fact that he would be the author of the first goal scored in the Confederations Cup after Marinovich struck, but referee Vilmar Roldan from Colombia rightly recorded “offside” and did not score a goal.
As a result, the author of the first goal in the tournament was almost the midfielder of Moscow “Spartak” Denis Glushakov, who literally shoved the ball into the net gate in a confrontation with two players of the opposing team. Bursting into the penalty area, Glushakov fought for the transfer of Poloz and together with Michael Boxall brought the ball into the goal. It was the New Zealander who made his name in the history of the St. Petersburg stadium, where national teams have never played or scored before. The stadium exploded with delight – Boxoll last touched the ball before he crossed the goal.
Smolov was the first of the Russians to score in the Confederations Cup
In the second half, the stands doubled with energy drove the home team forward. New Zealanders did not have enough strength or speed to act compactly, so the gaps between the lines allowed the Russians to conduct dangerous attacks one after another. Be football players Cherchesova pomasterovite, by the end of the hour the game could lead with a crushing score. However, and one ball was enough, because the team Anthony Hudson appeared as a team that is not able to hit another’s gate.
The second ball was recorded on his bombardier account Fedor Smolov. Alexander Samedov swept the right flank and shot into the opponent’s penalty box. Boxall did not hit the ball really well and Smolov struck an empty goal from close range – 2: 0. The game was made, it only remained to finish it to its logical conclusion.
“It’s clear that the first match, the big tournament, the excitement,” Cherchesov said at the press conference, “I’m glad that the team achieved the result and at times showed the game we were planning. As for the implementation, let’s see the moments and make some tips. ”
Original: Удачный старт: россияне легко обыграли новозеландцев на Кубке конфедераций