Russia ease past New Zealand
Russia recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over a New Zealand side that lacked attacking quality, in Saturday's FIFA Confederations Cup Group A tie.
- Russia 2 New Zealand 0
- Vasin hits the post
- Boxall nets own goal
- Smolov adds a second
- Smith's header cleared off line
It was one way traffic and Russia had numerous chances to go ahead. They did go 1-0 up when Denis Glushakov poked past the keeper and it went in off Michael Boxall.
It was 2-0 in the 69th minute when Fyodor Smolov tapped home Alexandr Samedov's superb cross. Tommy Smith nearly pulled one back but his header was cleared off the line.
It was all Russia in the early going as Aleksandr Golovin tested Stefan Marinovic, who was fortunate to see his punched block go wide for a corner.
In the seventh minute the hosts hit the post through Viktor Vasin's diving header. It was one way traffic and Tommy Smith had to be sharp to clear a ball off the line two minutes later.
Soon after Dmitriy Poloz had a penalty shout turned down when he appeared to be brought down by Marinovic. Eventually the pressure would pay dividends when Denis Glushakov poked past the keeper, and Michael Boxall put the ball into his own net as he tried to clear.
The Russians remained on top after the break with Marinovic forced into a couple of fine saves in the 48th minute from Poloz and Alexandr Erokhin in quick succession. The All Whites were creating virtually nothing and the game would be over as a contest in the 69th minute.
After good work by wide player Alexandr Samedov, Fyodor Smolov was on the end of his superb cross to tap home at the far post after Boxall failed to clear at the near post. New Zealand did threaten in the 78th minute when Smith's header was cleared off the line by Yuri Zhirkov.
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