Putin present to see Russia kick off Confederations Cup

Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russia

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.

Roma defender Rudiger, who is expected to start at the heart of the defence in Sochi, feels uncertainty from outside about Germany's strength could work to their advantage.

"We do not see any big problems here", said Mukto, who heads the World Cup organizing committee.

The real exciting prospect is Aleksandr Golovkin - a 21-year-old midfielder from CSKA Moscow who has already reportedly attracted the attentions of Arsenal.

"Our group will not be easy". La Roja knows to play on the result, and when we come to the field of tactics, they are masterful.

"We want to win but we have to prove it; there's no point saying we're favourites". They also have very good team players like Fedor Smolov, Lgor Smolnikov, Denis Glushakov and more and Stanislav Cherchesov is the coach of the team. "Some will underestimate us".

It could not prevent the hosts from marching forward, though, and after some lovely build-up play he started Smolov calmly stabbed the ball into an open goal at the back post. Kickoff time is at 4 p.m.

But it was the hosts on top and on the half-hour mark they had the go-ahead goal.

"They could bring three or four teams and the strength would still be the same".

"The boss has the right to say [Australia are a chance to win the competition] and I believe in that as well", said Degenek. "We're here to win it".

Russia, who are ranked 63rd as per the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, come into the game against the All Whites following a series of impressive warm-up games against Hungary, which they won 3-0, and Chile, where they were successful in holding their vastly superior Confed Cup participants to a 1-1 draw.

They are not going to stop now, and Confederations Cup represents a flawless target for them.

- Australia will be taking part in the tournament for the fourth time, after 1997, 2001 and 2005.

Shprygin, who had been deported from France past year during the European Championship, said he had been notified by Confederations Cup organisers that his fan-ID, needed to attend matches, had been cancelled.

- Germany are one loss away from recording their 50th competitive defeat in global football.

Security has been stepped up for the tournament, while the Russian organizers have played down fears of hooliganism after the country's fans were involved in violent scenes at Euro 2016. "He's scored a fair few goals in the Bundesliga this past year".

- Only two players created more goalscoring chances in England's second tier than Aaron Mooy this season (96), while only five players made more tackles than the Australian (105).

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