Russia obey Putin's orders with opening-day win

Meanwhile, the second game on the day will come from Group B and it will see Chile taking on Cameroon.

But empty seats remain a concern, with Russia's Sport Express reporting that some tickets were being handed out to state workers for free in a bid to fill the stands at an upcoming Confederations Cup match in Kazan.

Federation Internationale de Football Association is trialing the use of video assistants and wants them to be used at next year's World Cup in Russia.

Fyodor Smolov who was outstanding in the game got the second goal in the 69th minute.

Marinovic kept New Zealand in the game with a few saves but it was pretty evident that the Oceania champions were so rocked by Russia's furious opening that the goalkeeper and their defence only tried to find their towering talisman Wood via long balls.

However, it was Russian Federation who got the next goal in the 69th minute as Boxall failed to deal with Samedov's cross, which allowed Fyordor Smolov to tap into an empty net.

"Welcome to Russian Federation!" - inspired his players. We played the match we have been planning for. "But we have to be careful because I don't think people understand this new rule really well".

"When the president of your country comes out to make a speech this mobilizes us", said coach Stanislav Cherchesov, a former goalkeeper who played for the national team before and after the fall of communism.

Madrid sports media is awash with headlines suggesting Ronaldo wants out.

It helped the Russian team to seize the lead after twice having shots stopped on the line.

Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup winners Germany, 2015 Copa America champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup champions Australia, 2015 Concacaf Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) champions Cameroon. A three-player race to meet the rebound off a post saw the sliding Boxall's trailing right arm get the final touch in a bundle of bodies.

This season VAR has been tested at the Club World Cup and the U20 World Cup in South Korea and Federation Internationale de Football Association want to fast-track the video reviews for next's year World Cup.