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Putin thanks FIFA as Confederations Cup begins

IANS  |  St. Petersburg 

Russian President has thanked the FIFA for awarding the the Confederations Cup to and for and cooperation during the preparation of the tournament.

More than 1,500 artistes took part in the opening ceremony here on Saturday, which was dedicated to the traditions, history, culture and nature of Russia, reports Xinhua news agency.

Putin watched the match between and New Zealand on Saturday and thanked the FIFA for the event that takes place one year before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in

Russia defeated New Zealand 2-0 thanks to an own goal from New Zealand defender Michael Boxall and a strike from forward Fyodor Smolov.



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First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 14:06 IST