Russian Federation unveils psychic cat ahead of Confederations Cup


In this May 24, 2017 photo, Gabriel Galvan, one of the founders of "La Ola Verde", or the Green Wave, poses with his accreditation for the Confederations Cup soccer game between Mexico and Russian Federation, at his home in Mexico City.

Mexico's Carlos Vela, left, celebrates with teammate Mexico's Hirving Lozano after scoring his team's first goal against the US during their World Cup soccer qualifying match at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Sunday, June 11, 2017.

After New Zealand lost possession in their own half, Poloz's neat touch set up Denis Glushakov who dinked his effort over goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic and off the post before Boxall bundled the ball into his own net.

Originally built as an enclosed facility, it has undergone a conversion to host Confederations Cup and World Cup matches.

A new pitch had to be laid hastily after the old one broke up during test games this year, but organisers insist the 68,000-seater arena is ship shape for the June 17 opener and July 2 final.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Host nation Russia beat a poor New Zealand team 2-0 on Saturday to open the Confederations Cup with a win that was all but demanded by Vladimir Putin.

The 20-minute ceremony involved some 1,500 participants, who displayed various scenes of traditions and culture of four cities in Russian Federation, selected to host the global football tournament this year, reported Tass news agency.

But this was Putin's show.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kick off Saturday, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist. The Confederations Cup brings together the best teams from the different continents.

"Reflecting on them, it's good that the mistakes we are making have come out now and we have a good opportunity to fix them for this first game". Find us on Facebook too!

"I've seen teams make it through by drawing all their games, so it can decide whether or not your tournament's going to be smooth or whether it's going to be a bit of an uphill struggle".

"I don't know him personally but I know him as a player", Degenek says.

"If we do that we will cause more upsets".

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.

Group A rivals Portugal and Mexico meet in Kazan on Sunday.

Coach Fernando Santos and some of Ronaldo's teammates are confident the star forward won't be affected by the buzz created by a report that said he wants to leave the Spanish club because of allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities. "Cristiano is totally focused in helping our team".