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It will be European champion Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo in top form, taking on Gold Cup victor Mexico in a game that is likely to decide the group victor. In New Zealand, the match will be streamed on Sky Go NZ, and while the match isn't being shown online in Russian Federation, you can find viewing options for other countries by checking out LiveSoccerTV. Real Madrid forwardwants to leave the club and Spain after being accused of committing tax fraud in the country, a report in Portuguese sports daily A Bola said on Friday.

Yet less than 24 hours after Putin waded into the debate over the strength of Russia's team, deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko also added his voice to the discussion to ensure Cherchesov and his players were left in no doubt as to what is expected.

"A mission on the way is participating at the Confed Cup with the goal that three or four players will be able to put pressure on our established stars, when it comes to 2018".

It's been 12 years since Australia last made the Confederations Cup, and the Socceroos go into this year's tournament at the second-longest odds to claim the trophy of the eight teams involved.

Russian fan leader Alexander Shprygin has been barred from the Confederations Cup before the opening match in Saint Petersburg on Saturday which saw the hosts beat New Zealand 2-0.

Euro 2016 winners Portugal, hosts Russia, Mexico, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners, and New Zealand, the 2016 Oceania champions, are in Group A.

SOCCEROOS defender Milos Degenek insists belief in the squad is such that they will begin their Confederations Cup campaign with overall victory the unapologetic aim.

"We are looking forward to it, we are not panicking, we are not anxious", said Hudson.

"Ronaldo is motivated", young Portugal forward Andre Silva said.

The entire Socceroos squad took part in their opening training session, though Robbie Kruse did some light work separate from the rest of the squad as a precaution after picking up a minor knock against Brazil match.

Football fans from 183 territories around the world will be watching the FIFA Confederations Cup on television, and I am sure that they - and we - will witness a fantastic event.

A good performance at the Confederations Cup will virtually secure him a fifth world player of the year award, equaling Lionel Messi. With a team well balanced by coach Fernando Santos, Portugal outscored opponents 28-4 during that streak, with five clean sheets. Russian Federation draws last friendly match 1-1 against Chile.

Mexico are the only team to have previously won the tournament, albeit in 1999.

World Cup holders Germany and Australia complete the group. The team scraped a 1-1 draw with England before losing 2-1 to Slovakia and finishing with a humiliating 3-0 defeat by Wales.