Video review causing confusion for FIFA in World Cup trials

Having a Confederations Cup exactly one year ahead of the World Cup, at peak time for European leagues, would not be acceptable.

Marinovic kept New Zealand in the game with a few saves but it was pretty evident that the Oceania champions were so rocked by Russia's furious opening that the goalkeeper and their defence only tried to find their towering talisman Wood via long balls.

A ballerina in a crimson dress, joined by a famous character from Russian fairytales, the Tsarevich, lit up a magic forest with their dance, while a number of Russian pop stars gave new life to folk songs, performing them in never-heard-before versions.

The Confederations Cup is set to begin in St Petersburg on Saturday, giving soccer fans around the world a first taste of what to expect when the World Cup takes place in Russian Federation next year.

Without a win in 10 Confederations Cup matches, New Zealand next play Mexico on Wednesday in Sochi. "We are here to watch some great football", Infantino said.

Four of the ten host cities for the 2018 World Cup have been pressed into action for the Confederations Cup: 2014 Winter Olympic host Sochi, Kazan, the capital, Moscow, and St Petersburg.

"They [Russia] had to start well in front of their home fans and they did", New Zealand captain Wood told Dawn after the match.

Globe champions Germany and the champions from FIFA's 6 confederations are competing in the two-week event that will permit Russian Federation to check its soccer framework in 4 of the 11 cities hosting World Cup matches.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov claimed that his players were given extra inspiration to fight for the victory after Russian President Vladimir Putin had given a speech to officially open the tournament. In the United Kingdom, meanwhile, longstanding World Cup broadcaster ITV will take over broadcast duties from the BBC, with which it has shared coverage of the main event for decades.

"What fans have been waiting for over so many years is finally happening", Infantino said, adding that video review been tested in games for less than one year "is the future of modern football".

"So, we're slightly deflated but the team showed a lot of spirit".

"As far as I know, thorough preparations have been made". Following its use at events including the Fifa Club World Cup and Fifa U20 World Cup, the video assistant referee (VAR) system will be deployed at a senior men's worldwide competition for the first time.

For that, though, they need to do something they have never done at the Confederations Cup: win.