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Portugal striker Andre Silva says Cristiano Ronaldo thinking only of Confederations Cup

18 Juin 2017

The Confederations Cup's final is due in St. Petersburg on July 2.

Samoura said pre-match announcements in the four Confederations Cup stadiums can start a process that ultimately allows referees to abandon games.

Hosts Russia kick off the Confederations Cup against New Zealand in Saint Petersburg tomorrow, targeting victory in their opening match to set the tone for a successful tournament.

World Cup holders Germany and the six winners of Federation Internationale de Football Association confederations descend on Russia for the two-week tournament that will allow the hosts to assess the readiness of four of its World Cup venues and its ability to handle fans from overseas. "We have a very, very good team, we have some good players in our team and the objective for us is to do something significant", he said.

Touching on Zenit ex-forward Hulk's remark that he encountered racism nearly in every game he played in Russia, Aleksandr said, "Everyone loves Hulk in our country, we've never had such a star player here". The New Zealand side has drawn arguably the toughest group here, with each of their opponents having a lot to prove. "The most important thing for us is to develop the players". A win against either Portugal or Mexico will nearly certainly do the job. The European champion opens its Group A program on Sunday against Mexico in Kazan.

Group A rivals Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, and Mexico meet in Kazan on Sunday, with Russia's next game against the Portuguese in Moscow on Wednesday. In the a year ago Russian Federation have kept Ghana, Turkey and Romania from scoring against them.

Alexander Yerokhin sparked the attack with an interception around 30 yards from goal, and his pass was helped on by Poloz into the path of Denis Glushakov.

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.

Known as the All Whites, by way of distinguishing themselves from the famous All Blacks with the oval ball, New Zealand's footballers have certainly benefited from Hudson junior's presence and remain hopeful of reaching next summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation. FIFA President Gianni Infantino will also attend the match.

This game would appear to offer the Caltex Socceroos their best chance of a win in Russian Federation, but it won't be easy against a side making their third appearance at the Confederations Cup.

"The first game for us is Russian Federation, so we're going to go into that game with a gameplan of wanting to win that game". He prefers ice hockey and saw a team that carried fervent hopes of an Olympic title lose on home ice in the quarterfinals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Portugal striker Andre Silva says Cristiano Ronaldo thinking only of Confederations Cup