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Confederation Cup 2017 Opening Match: Russia 2-0 win New Zealand (Photos)

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— Russia 2-0 New Zealand: Confederations Cup 2017
— Russia opened their Confederations Cup campaign with an easy win over New Zealand
— Smolov shines as hosts open Confederations Cup 2017 campaign with victory

Hosts Russia secure victory on the opening day of the Confederations Cup. Michael Boxall’s own-goal on 31 minutes broke the deadlock before Fedor Smolov doubled the advantage in the second-half.

Fans look on during the clash

The hosts controlled the encounter after going in front with an unfortunate own goal from Michael Boxall

The Krasnodar forward was a thorn in the New Zealand side throughout and got on the scoresheet to cap a fine performance.

Russia took the lead just after the half hour mark as Michael Boxall scored an unfortunate own goal.

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Dennis Glushakov had rounded the keeper and looked set to score before Boxall’s late challenge – only for the ball to bounce off the defender and into the net.

Russia’s players celebrate

Dimitri Poloz and Aleksandr Samedov both went close to a second for Russia before Smolov found the net.

Russia’s players celebrate

He was in the right place at the right time as a cross was poorly defended by New Zealand and turned in from close range.

Smolov and Tommy Smith battle to win a header

New Zealand threatened to get back into it as Akinfeev denied Ryan Thomas and Tommy Smith’s header was cleared off the line.

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Dmitry Poloz of Russia reacts 

But the hosts had the better chances and should have wrapped it up in stoppage time as Aleksandr Bukharov was denied from close range.