Russia claimed a 2-0 win over New Zealand to begin their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign with three points.
The hosts nearly went ahead after after seven minutes when Viktor Vasin’s glancing header crashed against the upright with Stefan Marinovic well beaten.
New Zealand, meanwhile, were finding it tough to hold maintain possession of the ball, which led to a lack of chances.
Russia eventually broke the deadlock in the 30th minute as Denis Glushakov was played through on goal by Fyodor Smolov and lobbed on-rushing Marinovic.
Games coming in tomorrow includes Portugal vs Mexico and Chile against Cameron