Russia v New Zealand: Confederations Cup 2017 – live!

Confederations Cup updates from the opener, kick-off 4pm BSTThe Joy of Six: Confederations Cup | Russia hopes to banish fearsAnd feel free to email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 3.07pm BST Your starting XIs for the #ConfedCup opening game!#RUSNZL pic.twitter.com/mAQqh0PwE5 10.48am BST Hello and welcome to live coverage of the opening match of the Confederations Cup, between Russia and New Zealand in St Petersburg. Russia will host next year’s World Cup, and the focus on issues off the field – racism, hooliganism, etc - has obscured the most important football question: are this lot any good or what?This, according to the Fifa/world rankings is the worst Russia team since records began. They are 63rd, one place below Uzbekistan, just ahead of Armenia and Curacao. The emergence of a new generation does offer some encouragement, with the average age of the squad falling below 50 for the first time in a while, and this tournament should give us an idea what they might achieve next summer. Continue reading... ...
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