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Portugal beat Mexico to finish third at Confed Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Adrien Silva scored an extra-time penalty as Portugal recovered from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in Sunday’s third-place play-off at the Confederations Cup in Moscow.

Luis Neto bundled into his own net to hand Mexico a 54th-minute lead, but Pepe stabbed home a stoppage-time equaliser to force an extra 30 minutes at Spartak Stadium.

Portugal beat Mexico to finish third at the Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Adrien Silva scored an extra-time penalty as Portugal recovered from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in Sunday’s third-place play-off at the Confederations Cup in Moscow.

Luis Neto bundled into his own net to hand Mexico a 54th-minute lead, but Pepe stabbed home a stoppage-time equaliser to force an extra 30 minutes at Spartak Stadium.

Chile wait on Aranguiz’s fitness for Confed Cup semi-final

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Moscow (AFP) – Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi hopes Charles Aranguiz will be fit for Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal after the midfield enforcer suffered a knock against Australia.

A hard challenge from Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill clattered Aranguiz, who had to be substituted at half-time of Sunday’s 1-1 draw in Moscow.

Chile wait on Aranguiz’s fitness for Confed Cup semi-final

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Moscow (AFP) – Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi hopes Charles Aranguiz will be fit for Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal after the midfield enforcer suffered a knock against Australia.

A hard challenge from Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill clattered Aranguiz, who had to be substituted at half-time of Sunday’s 1-1 draw in Moscow.

Chile wait on Aranguiz’s fitness for semi-final

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Moscow (AFP) – Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi hopes Charles Aranguiz will be fit for Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal after the midfield enforcer suffered a knock against Australia.

A hard challenge from Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill clattered Aranguiz, who had to be substituted at half-time of Sunday’s 1-1 draw in Moscow.

Chile wait on Aranguiz’s fitness for semi-final

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Moscow (AFP) – Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi hopes Charles Aranguiz will be fit for Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal after the midfield enforcer suffered a knock against Australia.

A hard challenge from Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill clattered Aranguiz, who had to be substituted at half-time of Sunday’s 1-1 draw in Moscow.

Chile book Portugal clash at Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Martin Rodriguez rescued a 1-1 draw for Chile against Australia on Sunday to send the South American champions through to a Confederations Cup semi-final against Portugal.

James Troisi steered Australia ahead on 42 minutes in Moscow, but Chile replied through half-time substitute Rodriguez on 67 minutes to advance as Group B runners-up behind Germany.

Chile book Portugal clash at Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Martin Rodriguez rescued a 1-1 draw for Chile against Australia on Sunday to send the South American champions through to a Confederations Cup semi-final against Portugal.

James Troisi steered Australia ahead on 42 minutes in Moscow, but Chile replied through half-time substitute Rodriguez on 67 minutes to advance as Group B runners-up behind Germany.

Portugal’s Guerreiro confirms fractured leg

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Moscow (AFP) – Portugal left-back Raphael Guerreiro will miss the rest of the Confederations Cup after revealing on Thursday that he has been playing with a fractured leg for months.

The Borussia Dortmund defender had to be helped off in the second-half of Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Russia in Moscow when Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner.

What problems? Ronaldo on target in Portugal football win

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Moscow (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo brushed aside his off-field problems by scoring the winner as Portugal edged out hosts Russia 1-0 at the Confederations Cup on Wednesday, before Oribe Peralta gave Mexico a come-from-behind 2-1 win over New Zealand.

Ronaldo’s eighth-minute header in Moscow gave Portugal their first win in the tournament and victory over New Zealand on Saturday would secure a semi-final spot.

What problems? Ronaldo on target in Portugal football win

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Moscow (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo brushed aside his off-field problems by scoring the winner as Portugal edged out hosts Russia 1-0 at the Confederations Cup on Wednesday, before Oribe Peralta gave Mexico a come-from-behind 2-1 win over New Zealand.

Ronaldo’s eighth-minute header in Moscow gave Portugal their first win in the tournament and victory over New Zealand on Saturday would secure a semi-final spot.

Ronaldo delights in handing Portugal victory over hosts Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo said Portugal were worthy winners after scoring his first goal of the Confederations Cup to steer his country to a 1-0 victory over hosts Russia on Wednesday.

The Real Madrid star brushed off the tax storm clouding his club future by heading in the only goal in Moscow after just eight minutes to send the Euro 2016 champions above Russia at the top of Group A.

Ronaldo delights in handing Portugal victory over hosts Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo said Portugal were worthy winners after scoring his first goal of the Confederations Cup to steer his country to a 1-0 victory over hosts Russia on Wednesday.

The Real Madrid star brushed off the tax storm clouding his club future by heading in the only goal in Moscow after just eight minutes to send the Euro 2016 champions above Russia at the top of Group A.

Video referee in focus as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederation Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant.

Video referee in focus as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant.

Video referee in focus as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant.

Video in spotlight as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant referee.

The Copa America champions had to wait until the 81st minute though to find a breakthrough, which was provided by a flying header from Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal, and Vargas added a second in added time.

Video in spotlight as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant referee.

The Copa America champions had to wait until the 81st minute though to find a breakthrough, which was provided by a flying header from Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal, and Vargas added a second in added time.

Russia rally for a 1-1 draw with Chile

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Moscow (AFP) – Confederations Cup hosts Russia and Copa America holders Chile played out a 1-1 draw here on Friday in a first ever meeting between the sides in the post-Soviet era.

Mauricio Isla of Cagliari was on target for the South Americans, while CSKA Moscow full back Viktor Vasin fired his side level.

Russia rally for a 1-1 draw with Chile in football

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Moscow (AFP) – Confederations Cup hosts Russia and Copa America holders Chile played out a 1-1 draw here on Friday in a first ever meeting between the sides in the post-Soviet era.

Mauricio Isla of Cagliari was on target for the South Americans, while CSKA Moscow full back Viktor Vasin fired his side level.

Russia rally for a 1-1 draw with Chile in football

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Moscow (AFP) – Confederations Cup hosts Russia and Copa America holders Chile played out a 1-1 draw here on Friday in a first ever meeting between the sides in the post-Soviet era.

Mauricio Isla of Cagliari was on target for the South Americans, while CSKA Moscow full back Viktor Vasin fired his side level.

Russian coach names home-based Confederations Cup squad

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov on Wednesday named an entirely home-based 23-man squad for the Confederations Cup, which the country will host from June 17.

Cherchesov chose five players from newly-crowned champions Spartak Moscow, although full back Roman Zobnin is not amongst them as he is sidelined with a knee injury sustained in Monday’s 3-0 friendly win over Hungary.

Russian coach names home-based Confederations Cup squad

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov on Wednesday named an entirely home-based 23-man squad for the Confederations Cup, which the country will host from June 17.

Cherchesov chose five players from newly-crowned champions Spartak Moscow, although full back Roman Zobnin is not amongst them as he is sidelined with a knee injury sustained in Monday’s 3-0 friendly win over Hungary.

Russian club renamed after Chechen strongman’s father

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian Premier League outfit Terek Grozny is to change its name to ‘Akhmat’ in honour of the slain father of the strongman Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov, the club said on Wednesday.

Kremlin loyalist Kadyrov - who has ruled the region with an iron-fist for a decade - said the move came after a petition by supporters.

Zenit win to boost Champions League hopes

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Moscow (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg gave their hopes of reaching next season’s Champions League a major boost with a 2-0 win at bottom club Tomsk on Monday.

Midfielder Oleg Shatov and skipper Danny both scored to give Zenit a well-deserved win which lifted them into second, eight points behind the league leaders Spartak Moscow with four games left.

Zenit win to boost Champions League hopes

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Moscow (AFP) – Zenit St Petersburg gave their hopes of reaching next season’s Champions League a major boost with a 2-0 win at bottom club Tomsk on Monday.

Midfielder Oleg Shatov and skipper Danny both scored to give Zenit a well-deserved win which lifted them into second, eight points behind the league leaders Spartak Moscow with four games left.

People vs the army in Spartak-CSKA Moscow derby

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Moscow (AFP) – One club represented the mighty Soviet Red Army, the other was named after an ancient gladiator-slave - now Moscow’s CSKA and Spartak fight out one of the fiercest rivalries in Russian football.

The two teams face off Sunday in a furious city derby that comes with added spice this year: Spartak are top of the Russian Premier League and chasing their first title in 16 years, while CSKA are the reigning champions and are second.

People vs the army in Spartak-CSKA Moscow derby

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Moscow (AFP) – One club represented the mighty Soviet Red Army, the other was named after an ancient gladiator-slave - now Moscow’s CSKA and Spartak fight out one of the fiercest rivalries in Russian football.

The two teams face off Sunday in a furious city derby that comes with added spice this year: Spartak are top of the Russian Premier League and chasing their first title in 16 years, while CSKA are the reigning champions and are second.

England-based pair give Ivory Coast football win in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – England-based pair Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha fired Ivory Coast to a 2-0 win over Russia in a friendly at Krasnodar on Friday.

It was Russia’s third defeat in six matches since Stanislav Cherchesov took over as manager in August - the other two coming against Costa Rica and Qatar last year.

CSKA keep in touch at top in Russia

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Moscow (AFP) – Brazilian striker Vitinho netted after just 32 seconds as reigning champions CSKA Moscow eased to a 4-0 win over bottom-placed Tomsk on Saturday to narrow the gap on Russian Premier League leaders Spartak Moscow.

The Red Army side are now level on points with Zenit St Petersburg, who visit Amkar Perm on Sunday, and five points behind Spartak, who take on Anzhi Makhachkala also on Sunday.

Hooliganism should be a sport, says top Russian lawmaker

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Moscow (AFP) – Football hooliganism should be recognised as a sport with a set of written rules, said a top Russian politician Sunday who even described violent fans as “cordial supporters”.

Igor Lebedev, the deputy speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, and a member of the executive board of the Russian Football Union (RFU), says his country could even be a pioneer in the new “sport”.

Kremlin to host World Cup finals draw

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Moscow (AFP) The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin on December 1, the country's Football Union (RFU) chief Vitaly Mutko said Monday.

Mutko, Russia's deputy prime minister, said that FIFA had approved the plan, which world football's ruling body later confirmed.

Kremlin to host World Cup finals draw

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Moscow (AFP) The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin on December 1, the country's Football Union (RFU) chief Vitaly Mutko said Monday.

Mutko, Russia's deputy prime minister, said that FIFA had approved the plan, which world football's ruling body later confirmed.

Zenit beat Ufa to keep tabs on leaders Spartak

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Moscow (AFP) Zenit St Petersburgbounced back from a disappointing defeat in their previous Premier League match at Krasnodar beating Ufa 2-0 on Wednesday to narrow the gap on leaders Spartak Moscow.

The late goals by Brazilian Giuliano and Russian international forward Alexander Kokorin set Saint Petersburg side on their way to a hard-fought win to stay in second, three points adrift of Spartak.

Zenit face Krasnodar boosted by Europe run

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Moscow (AFP) Zenit St Petersburg face Krasnodar this weekend boosted by a fifth straight win in the Europa League and the return of three players from suspension.

Zenit are placed second in the Russian Premier League, three points behind Spartak Moscow who play Terek Grozny.

After Thursday's 2-0 Europa League defeat of Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv Zenit coach Mircea Lucescu said: "I'm happy with the wins in our last matches against Samara and Maccabi.

Setbacks endure as Russia preps for World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) Corruption scandals, extended deadlines and even a wobbly pitch are just a few of the setbacks Russia has faced ahead of the 2018 World Cup, though authorities vow everything will be ready on time.

Putting the final touches on the infrastructure in four host cities Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi has become all the more pressing because they will also host the Confederations Cup next year, a dress rehearsal for the 2018 tournament.

Setbacks endure as Russia preps for World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) Corruption scandals, extended deadlines and even a wobbly pitch are just a few of the setbacks Russia has faced ahead of the 2018 World Cup, though authorities vow everything will be ready on time.

Putting the final touches on the infrastructure in four host cities Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi has become all the more pressing because they will also host the Confederations Cup next year, a dress rehearsal for the 2018 tournament.

Russia’s Putin to meet FIFA chief Infantino

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Moscow (AFP) Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in Moscow on Friday ahead of this weekend's draw for the Confederations Cup, the Kremlin announced on Thursday.

"The head of state will meet the FIFA president in Moscow," read a brief statement from the Kremlin, with Infantino on his way to Kazan for the draw for next year's tournament.

Leverkusen hold on for CSKA draw in Champions League

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Moscow (AFP) Bayer Leverkusen played out a 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday to put the German club on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages.

Kevin Volland put Leverkusen ahead after 16 minutes before Israeli international Bibras Natcho converted a second-half penalty to snatch a draw for the Russian club.

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Zenit St Petersburg face stern test of unbeaten start

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Moscow (AFP) Russian Premier League joint leaders Zenit St Petersburg face a tough game at Terek Grozny on Sunday as they look to maintain their unbeaten run after making progress in the Europa League.

Zenit, the Premier League's only unbeaten side, sit second, level on points with Spartak Moscow, who top the table having won more matches this term.