Russia tries to put brave face on early Confed Cup exit

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia struggled for positives Sunday after they crashed out of the Confederations Cup on home soil in an ominous sign of how the hosts might fare at next year’s World Cup.

Football bosses shrugged off fans’ fears after the team’s early exit following a 2-1 defeat by Mexico in Kazan on Saturday, insisting the squad was making progress despite the disappointing results.

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