FIFA Confederations Cup
Result: Russia 2-0 New Zealand
Date: 17 June 2017
Venue: Stadion Krestovskyi
A SuperSport United defender scored an own goal, as Russia claimed a 2-0 win over New Zealand to begin their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign with three points.
The hosts nearly went ahead after after seven minutes when Viktor Vasin's glancing header crashed against the upright with Stefan Marinovic well beaten.
New Zealand, meanwhile, were finding it tough to hold maintain possession of the ball, which led to a lack of chances.
Russia eventually broke the deadlock in the 30th minute as Denis Glushakov was played through on goal by Fyodor Smolov and lobbed on-rushing Marinovic. Although Michael Boxall helped the ball over the line and was credited with an own goal.
The All Whites barely threatened in the opening 45 minutes, as Roman Akinfeev enjoyed a quiet first stanza.
Marinovic had to be at his best shortly after the break, as he produced a superb save to keep out Dmitry Poloz's impressive header.
New Zealand opted for a change on the hour-mark, as Kosta Barbarouses made for way Bill Tuiloma as they pushed for an equaliser.
However, it was Russia 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.
New Zealand nearly pulled a goal back in the 77th minute but Akinfeev produced a fine save to keep out Ryan Thomas' effort, before Tommy Smith saw his header cleared off the line a minute later.
The All Whites did look livelier in the closing stages, but Russia managed to hold out to keep the clean sheet.