Saturday 17 June: Russia v New Zealand, 5pm.
Prior to attending the match at the 68,000-capacity sold-out Krestovsky Stadium, neither Matt nor Fred had ever been at a "real football ground" of that size, noting that all the soccer stadiums in New Zealand are shared with rugby teams, or worse - converted from cricket pitches. Being the hosts, Russian Federation has gained a privilege to kick off the first game.
Russia's players duly delivered a victory their head of state had all but demanded this week by beating a poor New Zealand team 2-0. He prefers ice hockey and saw a team that carried fervent hopes of an Olympic title lose on home ice in the quarterfinals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. "All Whites" is the best team on the weakest football continent of Oceania.
"They're missing some of their bigger players but that doesn't change much".
"He is an example for us, the way he works, the way he plays", Patricio said.
The star of the Kiwis is Chris Wood from Leeds United and Winston Reid.
There was a glimpse of positivity for New Zealand when Thomas and Smith both came with inches of pulling one back and the visitors did their utmost to finally find the back of the net in the dying stages.
They are an exciting attacking side with brilliant Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal pulling the strings and Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez firing the bullets.
Confederations Cup host Russian Federation prove too good for the All Whites, beating the Kiwis 2-0.
Host Russia were clearly the better side as they missed a handful of chances, but the three points was all that matters.
Putin welcomed fans to what he called a "big football festival" and thanked Infantino and FIFA for the faith they had shown in Russian Federation. "I have a pact with the players and we treat these personal matters away from the national team". "They could bring another three or four teams and it would be still the same". In goal, they have the evergreen Igor Akinfeev and in defense Vasili Berezulski, Sergei Ignasevich and Dimitri Kombasov.
Russia's first worldwide match as an independent nation was a 2-0 win over Mexico in 1992.
"The game didn't go how we wanted to go", New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson acknowledged.
Security has been stepped up for the tournament, while the Russian organizers have played down fears of hooliganism after the country's fans were involved in violent scenes at Euro 2016.
Federation Internationale de Football Association has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kick off Saturday, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist. If they play with full focus, they will easily defeat New Zealand as it doesn't seem in its form.