Russian Federation vs. New Zealand 2017 live stream

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A number of new players have been drafted into the squad with 21-year-old Aleksandr Golovin, Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Aleksey Miranchuk, and Spartak Moscow defender Georgy Dzhikya all finding a place in the team.

Referees have also been instructed to be more accurate in adding time for major delays such as injuries and substitutions and to prevent more time-wasting, van Basten added.

A SuperSport United defender scored an own goal, as Russian Federation claimed a 2-0 win over New Zealand to begin their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign with three points.

The eight-team tournament, considered a test run for FIFA's more prestigious World Cup which takes place in Russian Federation next year, begins with the hosts squaring off against New Zealand in St. Petersburg Saturday.

Germany kick off their Group B matches against Australia on Monday.

Russian Federation has the advantage over New Zealand in all aspect of the game from players, coaching and the home field.

Saturday 17 June: Russia v New Zealand, 5pm.

The World Cup holders will provide the sternest of first-up tests for the Caltex Socceroos - even if this is a largely younger squad as they rest some key men. An early goal can also help ease the pressure of playing front of the hometown fans.

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Russia, who are ranked 63rd in FIFA's global rankings, have been plagued with injuries and at least five players have been ruled out of the tournament.

But weak defending allowed Russia's Fedor Smolov to slip past the New Zealand defence and tap in a low cross by team mate Alexander Samedov in the 69th minute.

The former Russian worldwide goalkeeper has set his squad the ambitious task of winning the Confed Cup, a tournament that serves as a tune-up for next year's World Cup.

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.

The All Whites had a penalty claim turned down for a handball by Vasin but Russian Federation sealed all three points as Smolov started and finished a swift passing move in the 69th minute to extended their unbeaten streak to four matches under Cherchesov.

The star of the Kiwis is Chris Wood from Leeds United and Winston Reid.

Anthony Hudson: "I'd much rather be in our position than Russia's". We are looking forward to it, we are not panicking, we are not anxious. 'After the Confederations Cup I go to monitor one of the stadiums under construction and I invite you. New Zealand can catch the game on Saturday, June 17.

Live stream: Watch live on Fubo TV.

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