Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Infantino to attend Confederations Cup match in Kazan

Sandy Mccarthy
June 19, 2017

Marinovic denied Aleksandr Bukharov from point-blank range, but Russian Federation were untroubled throughout and now turn their attention to a crucial clash against Portugal on Wednesday.

"We coped with the task before us".

This year's tournament is held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russian Federation and they are Spartak Stadium in Moscow, St. Petersburg Stadium, Fisht Stadium in Sochi and the Kazan Arena in Kazan.

A new pitch had to be hastily laid before kick-off after uprooted chunks of grass and bare spots on the field spoiled the first match held at the new venue in April.

"The first half was quite scrappy - I think certainly the first goal was preventable, we gave the ball away in a really bad area".

"Firstly, we have have to understand that we play Portugal and not Cristiano Ronaldo", he said.

The issue of racism against fans and hooliganism is also a concern after ugly clashes between Russian and English fans at Euro 2016 in Marseille last summer.

Some 191 fans have been put on a blacklist banning them from games and legislation has been introduced to toughen up punishments and deport foreign hooligans.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - What Vladimir Putin wants, Vladimir Putin tends to get.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino says it's time to focus on soccer and not worry about the future of the Confederations Cup.

But for the next two weeks the main thing on the mind of the reigning Ballon d'Or holder is winning more silverware in the eight-nation World Cup warm-up event.

Earlier on Saturday, the organizing committee of the 2018 World Cup, also dealing with the Confederations Cup, informed that Russian low-income citizens, including families with many children, orphans and disabled people, will be able to visit the Confederations Cup matches for free. "It is most important that the preparedness for the Confederations Cup has been positively assessed by the Federation Internationale de Football Association representatives".

At Saturday's game there were two pre-game stadium announcements warning fans against discriminatory behaviour.

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said Russia's readiness had "surpassed expectations".

Key figures such as Alan Dzagoev, Artem Dzyuba and Roman Zobnin are absent from the Confederations Cup through injury while veterans Vasili Berezutski and Sergei Ignashevich have retired.

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