Russia to Open 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup WIth Match Against New Zealand

2016-11-29 11:47:00

Russia will play against New Zealand in the opening match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg’s Krestovsky stadium will host the opening game on June 17. The final will take place at the same venue on July 2. Moscow, Sochi and Kazan will host the other matches..

The draw pitted Russia, New Zealand, Portugal and Mexico in group A. Group B includes Chile, Australia, Germany and the yet-to-be-determined champion of Africa.

The Confederations Cup is a mini-tournament between the winners of regional cups. It acts as a traditional rehearsal for the FIFA World Cup, which will take place 12 months later in Russia.