Russia are playing New Zealand in the opening game of the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup in St. Petersburg. The tournament will be held across four Russian cities over the next two weeks. RT Sport brings you live updates during the game.
18 June 201715:34 GMT
Football is indeed very significant for St. Petersburg - matches were held here even at the time of the Nazi siege, during the Second World War. Months before the siege the authorities suspended the matches because of the fighting, but later, despite the hunger, the bombings, the devastation, they decided they had to play football no matter what.
Russian opera star and 2018 FIFA World Cup ambassador Vasily Gerello has joined RT to sing football chants in St. Petersburg’s Dvortsovaya Square.
Russia begin their Confed Cup campaign with a much-deserved win over the Oceania champs. Now for European Champions Portugal on Wednesday!
Full-time: Russia 2-0 New Zealand
3 minutes of added time are announced.
Russia break through Zhirkov on the left, but the veteran winger can't find a teammate and it's blocked for a corner.
Russia’s Fyodor Kudryashov
Change for Russia - goalscorer Smolov is off, Aleksey Miranchuk is on. Smolov gets a standing ovation from the crowd - he was a threat from start to finish for the hosts.
Miranchuk is just 21 years old, but is an exciting prospect for Russia.