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2018 host Russia’s 2014 World Cup squad to be investigated by FIFA for doping

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Russia finds itself trapped in a doping scandal in the middle of playing hosts to the Confederation Cup.

The 23-man-squad from the 2014 World Cup is currently being investigated by FIFA over possible drug offences. They are among 34 Russian footballers being investigated by football’s world governing body.

Confederations Cup Rewind: Mexico downs Russia, Portugal dominates New Zealand

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No one said you had to advance to the Confederations Cup semifinals in aesthetically pleasing fashion.

Like times before in the tournament, resilience was the remedy for Mexico to overcome a deficit. It was Hirving Lozano's heroic run and finish in the 52nd minute that earned Mexico a 2-1 victory against Russia on Saturday at Kazan Arena.

Where to find Mexico vs. Russia Confederations Cup on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Mexico vs. Russia in the Confederations Cup, you’ve come to the right place.

After a draw and a win in the FIFA Confederations Cup, Mexico needs a draw or more to advance to the semi-finals of the competition. At the same time, Russia needs a win to go through to the next round.

Where to find Mexico vs. Russia Confederations Cup on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Mexico vs. Russia in the Confederations Cup, you’ve come to the right place.

After a draw and a win in the FIFA Confederations Cup, Mexico needs a draw or more to advance to the semi-finals of the competition. At the same time, Russia needs a win to go through to the next round.

Confederations Cup Rewind: Mexico edges New Zealand, Portugal drops Russia

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Thanks to a second-half resurgence, Mexico overcame what could have been a nightmare.

It was Oribe Peralta to the rescue in the 72nd minute .The Club America forward sublimely finished a dragging cross by Javier Aquino inside the box, crushing the All Whites hopes of advancing out of the group stage and lifting Mexico to a 2-1 victory on Wednesday at Fisht Olympic Stadium.

Confederations Cup hosts Russia fail to build on Euro 2008 success as World Cup looms large

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The Confederations Cup in Russiamarks the start of the countdown to the country's World Cup in 2018. Widely seen a dress rehearsal for the real thing, allowing the host nation to fine tune its...

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Brave Lozano heads Mexico into Confed Cup semis

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Hirving Lozano’s courageous second-half header sealed Mexico’s 2-1 comeback win over 10-man Russia on Saturday and fired them into the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

Hosts Russia took a deserved 25th-minute lead in Kazan through Aleksandr Samedov, but Nestor Araujo equalised for Mexico with a looping header on the half hour.

Brave Lozano heads Mexico into Confed Cup semis

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Hirving Lozano’s courageous second-half header sealed Mexico’s 2-1 comeback win over 10-man Russia on Saturday and fired them into the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

Hosts Russia took a deserved 25th-minute lead in Kazan through Aleksandr Samedov, but Nestor Araujo equalised for Mexico with a looping header on the half hour.

Loew’s Confederations Cup policy pays off for Stindl

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Lars Stindl is undoubtedly the winner in regards to Joachim Loew’s decision to leave Germany’s World Cup winning stars at home and blood fringe players at the Confederations Cup.

After the first two rounds of matches, Borussia Moenchengladbach’s captain is the tournament’s unlikely top-scorer in Russia.

Loew’s Confederations Cup policy pays off for Stindl

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Lars Stindl is undoubtedly the winner in regards to Joachim Loew’s decision to leave Germany’s World Cup winning stars at home and blood fringe players at the Confederations Cup.

After the first two rounds of matches, Borussia Moenchengladbach’s captain is the tournament’s unlikely top-scorer in Russia.

Portugal, Mexico, Russia eye Confederations Cup semi-final berths

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Portugal are set to rest Cristiano Ronaldo for Saturday’s clash against New Zealand as the Euro 2016 winners look to confirm their passage into next week’s Confederations Cup semi-finals.

Ronaldo brushed off allegations of tax evasion in Spain with man-of-the-match performances in the 2-2 draw with Mexico and 1-0 win over Russia, when he 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.

Peralta seals Mexico’s comeback win over Kiwis in Confederations Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Striker Oribe Peralta hit Mexico’s winner in their 2-1 comeback victory over New Zealand on Wednesday to leave them on the verge of the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

After Leeds United striker Chris Wood gave the All Whites a shock first-half lead, second-half goals by Benfica’s Raul Jimenez and Peralta sealed the win.

Peralta seals Mexico’s comeback win over Kiwis in Confederations Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Striker Oribe Peralta hit Mexico’s winner in their 2-1 comeback victory over New Zealand on Wednesday to leave them on the verge of the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

After Leeds United striker Chris Wood gave the All Whites a shock first-half lead, second-half goals by Benfica’s Raul Jimenez and Peralta sealed the win.

Peralta seals Mexico’s comeback win over New Zealand in Confederations Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Striker Oribe Peralta hit Mexico’s winner in their 2-1 comeback victory over New Zealand on Wednesday to leave them on the verge of the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

After Leeds United striker Chris Wood gave the All Whites a shock first-half lead, second-half goals by Benfica’s Raul Jimenez and Peralta sealed the win.

Peralta seals Mexico’s comeback win over New Zealand in Confederations Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Striker Oribe Peralta hit Mexico’s winner in their 2-1 comeback victory over New Zealand on Wednesday to leave them on the verge of the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

After Leeds United striker Chris Wood gave the All Whites a shock first-half lead, second-half goals by Benfica’s Raul Jimenez and Peralta sealed the win.

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.

Germany’s rising stars relishing chance to shine

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – With their World Cup winners absent in Russia, Germany’s rising stars are relishing their chance to shine at the Confederations Cup.

None of the side that won the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil is present in coach Joachim Loew’s squad in Russia, with some having retired and others either injured or rested.

Germany’s rising stars relishing chance to shine

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – With their World Cup winners absent in Russia, Germany’s rising stars are relishing their chance to shine at the Confederations Cup.

None of the side that won the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil is present in coach Joachim Loew’s squad in Russia, with some having retired and others either injured or rested.

All Whites must be brave against Mexico at Confederations Cup: Hudson

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson says the All Whites must be brave against Mexico, knowing defeat on Wednesday will see them eliminated from the Confederations Cup.

Their 2-0 loss to hosts Russia in Saturday’s opening Group A match means Oceania champions New Zealand have now gone a record 10 games without a win at the tournament having left the 1999, 2003 and 2009 editions empty-handed.

All Whites must be brave against Mexico at Confederations Cup: Hudson

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson says the All Whites must be brave against Mexico, knowing defeat on Wednesday will see them eliminated from the Confederations Cup.

Their 2-0 loss to hosts Russia in Saturday’s opening Group A match means Oceania champions New Zealand have now gone a record 10 games without a win at the tournament having left the 1999, 2003 and 2009 editions empty-handed.

Osorio expects All Whites to show All Blacks spirit in Confederations Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio expects New Zealand’s footballers to show the same battling spirit as their nation’s rugby team in Wednesday’s Confederations Cup, Group A clash.

Mexico take on New Zealand in Sochi as firm favourites having held Euro 2016-winners Portugal to a 2-2 draw, while the All Whites lost 2-0 to Russia in their opening game.

Osorio expects All Whites to show All Blacks spirit in Confederations Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio expects New Zealand’s footballers to show the same battling spirit as their nation’s rugby team in Wednesday’s Confederations Cup, Group A clash.

Mexico take on New Zealand in Sochi as firm favourites having held Euro 2016-winners Portugal to a 2-2 draw, while the All Whites lost 2-0 to Russia in their opening game.

New Zealand face Mexico battle to stay alive in Confederations Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson says the All Whites must be brave against Mexico, knowing defeat on Wednesday will effectively end their Confederations Cup hopes.

Their 2-0 loss to hosts Russia in Saturday’s opening Group A match means Oceania champions New Zealand have now gone a record 10 games without a win at the Confederations Cup having left the 1999, 2003 and 2009 editions empty-handed.

New Zealand face Mexico battle to stay alive in Confederations Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson says the All Whites must be brave against Mexico, knowing defeat on Wednesday will effectively end their Confederations Cup hopes.

Their 2-0 loss to hosts Russia in Saturday’s opening Group A match means Oceania champions New Zealand have now gone a record 10 games without a win at the Confederations Cup having left the 1999, 2003 and 2009 editions empty-handed.

Socceroos boss glum after Germany defeat in Confederations Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Australia head coach Ange Postecoglou cut a disappointed figure after their 3-2 opening Confederations Cup defeat to Germany, but expects the Socceroos to bounce back against Cameroon on Thursday.

Having been hammered 4-0 by Brazil in Melbourne last week in a friendly ahead of the tournament in Russia, Australia stumbled again, losing to the world champions, who fielded an inexperienced side on Monday in Sochi.

Germany expect tough Confed Cup start for inexperience side

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – World champions Germany will pit an inexperienced line-up against Australia in their Confederations Cup opener on Monday with striker Timo Werner anticipating a robust challenge from the Socceroos.

With an average age of just 24 years, four months, and a combined total of 179 international appearances, Germany have the most youthful squad of the eight Confed Cup teams.

Troubled Ronaldo eyes more silverware at Confederations Cup

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo will put speculation over his club future firmly to one side as he leads European champions Portugal into their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico in Kazan on Sunday.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid superstar’s build-up to the tournament in Russia has been overshadowed after he was this week accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding the authorities of 14.

Troubled Ronaldo eyes more silverware at Confederations Cup

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo will put speculation over his club future firmly to one side as he leads European champions Portugal into their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico in Kazan on Sunday.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid superstar’s build-up to the tournament in Russia has been overshadowed after he was this week accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding the authorities of 14.

Russia set for World Cup stress test in Confed Cup

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – Russia faces a stress test of its readiness to host the 2018 World Cup as the Confederations Cup kicks off Saturday amid concerns over hooliganism and security.

World Cup holders Germany and the FIFA confederations champions compete in the eight-team tournament which will put Russia’s ability to handle thousands of visiting and home fans under the spotlight.

Ronaldo thinking only of Confederations Cup, says Silva

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo, battling accusations of tax evasion and speculation over his club future, is concentrating only on the Confederations Cup, his Portugal teammate Andre Silva said Friday.

“He takes this tournament very seriously and is focussed. He is motivated, just like me,” said the 21-year-old Silva at a news conference in Kazan ahead of Portugal’s opening Confederations Cup match against Mexico on Sunday.

Ronaldo thinking only of Confederations Cup, says Silva

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo, battling accusations of tax evasion and speculation over his club future, is concentrating only on the Confederations Cup, his Portugal teammate Andre Silva said Friday.

“He takes this tournament very seriously and is focussed. He is motivated, just like me,” said the 21-year-old Silva at a news conference in Kazan ahead of Portugal’s opening Confederations Cup match against Mexico on Sunday.

Russia, New Zealand primed for Confederations Cup opener

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Moscow (AFP) – Hosts Russia kick off the Confederations Cup against New Zealand in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, targeting victory in their opening match to set the tone for a successful tournament.

“We’ve worked hard and I believe now we’re well-prepared for the opening game,” Zenit midfielder Igor Smolnikov told Russian TV.

Loew to blood Germany’s rising stars at Confederations Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – World champions Germany head to the Confederations Cup with coach Joachim Loew looking to nurture his next generation of stars after leaving his top names at home.

With a year to go before the World Cup, Loew has given a host of key players the summer off and picked seven newcomers in his squad for Russia, which has a combined total of just 104 international appearances.

Security under spotlight at Russia’s Confed Cup

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – The Confederations Cup kicks off on Saturday when Russia play New Zealand in St Petersburg, with the hosts promising there will be no repeat of the violence which marred Euro 2016.

A year before Russia holds the World Cup, the behaviour of fans and concerns over racism are topics the host nation hopes will not be a factor at the eight-team Confederations Cup.

Lionel Messi pledges ‘fight’ as Argentina eye World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi vowed to “keep fighting” as Argentina attempt to overcome their World Cup qualifying struggles and seal their place in next year’s tournament in Russia.

The two-time world champions are fifth in South American qualifying, with only the top four teams guaranteed a place in the 2018 World Cup.

Lionel Messi pledges ‘fight’ as Argentina eye World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi vowed to “keep fighting” as Argentina attempt to overcome their World Cup qualifying struggles and seal their place in next year’s tournament in Russia.

The two-time world champions are fifth in South American qualifying, with only the top four teams guaranteed a place in the 2018 World Cup.

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Human Rights Watch says workers have exploited at Russia’s 2018 World Cup venues

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FIFA World Cups have a history of controversies and seemingly, the next one in 2018 is also not devoid of the same. There have been concerns regarding the St. Petersberg stadium, the most expensive stadium in the world, hooliganism and violence in stadiums and now, with the FIFA Confederation Cup just days away, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has now claimed that it has documented cases of the 2018 World Cup workers being left unpaid, made to work in dangerously cold conditions and suffering reprisals for raising concerns.