Russia's defender Fedor Kudryashov (L) and Russia's midfielder Dmitry Tarasov (R) acknowledge the fans after their 2-0 win against New Zealand in the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match between Russia and New Zealand. Pic/AFP
Hosts Russia got off to a winning start at the Confederations Cup on Saturday, Fedor Smolov's second-half goal sealing a 2-0 win over New Zealand in the opener.
Russia went ahead in the first half of the Group A encounter through what was credited as an own goal from New Zealand defender Michael Boxall, and Smolov – top scorer in the Russian league last season – wrapped up the points in the 69th minute.
This competition offers Russia a chance to showcase its readiness to host the 2018 World Cup.
Video: Team India abused on Champions Trophy 2017 Wikipedia page
Download the new mid-day android app to get updates on all the latest and trending stories on the go https://goo.gl/8Xlcvr