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From June 17th to July 2nd, the 2017 Confederations Cup acts a dress rehersal for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia.

2017 Confederations Cup

2017 Confederations Cup - Schedule and Results

Saturday, June 17th:

Group A:
Russia vs New Zealand (Saint Petersburg, 2:0)
1:0 (Michael Boxall, 31, own goal)
2:0 (Fedor Smolov, 70)

Easy start for the hosts in Saint Petersburg.

Sunday, June 18th:

Group A:
Portugal vs Mexico (Kazan, 2:2)
1:0 (Ricardo Quaresma, 34)
1:1 (Javier Hernandez, 42)
2:1 (Cedric Soares, 86)
2:2 (Hector Moreno, 90+1)

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) tried to take over the event in Kazan, disallowing one Portugal goal and giving us a long wait to decide if the Soares goal would stand.

In the end, Mexico had the final say; when Hector Moreno equalised from a corner in stoppage time.

Group B:
Cameroon vs Chile (Moscow, 0:2)
0:1 (Arturo Vidal, 81)
0:2 (Eduardo Vargas, 90+2)

Another VAR decision, just before half-time, saw Chile's Eduardo Vargas have his goal scratched from the FIFA website; for offside.

Are referees being reduced to little more than whistle blowers; a few seconds after the event?

In the final minutes of the match in Moscow, Eduardo Vargas did get the better of a VAR decision as the referee signalled that the video executives had spoken.

 Monday, June 19th:

Group B:
Australia vs Germany (Sochi, 2:3)
0:1 (Lars Stindl, 5)
1:1 (Tom Rogic, 41)
1:2 (Julian Draxler, 44pen)
1:3 (Leon Goretzka, 48)
2:3 (Tomi Juric, 56)

VAR helped the referee decide to let the second Australia goal count, as Germany made hard work of an easy game.

Wednesday, June 21st:

Group A:
Russia vs Portugal (Moscow, 0:1)
0:1 (Cristiano Ronaldo, 8)

Russia took way too long to get into the game, after an early Cristiano Ronaldo header; and missed out on the chance to qualify for the semi-finals. The hosts will need to beat Mexico, in Kazan.

Group A:
Mexico vs New Zealand (Sochi, 1:2)
0:1 (Chris Wood, 42)
1:1 (Raul Jimenez, 54)
1:2 (Oribe Peralta, 72)

New Zealand weren't totally out of the running and had a number of opportunities to pocket the full three points. The difference in the scoreline reflected the lack of finesse in the their finishing.

A mass slapping fest towards the end of the game meant the Video Assistant Referees took a while to try and sort out who did what to whom; and relay the information to the referee.

Due to the lack of conclusive decision-making, VAR still needs plenty of fine-tuning.

Thursday, June 22nd:

Group B:
Cameroon vs Australia (Saint Petersburg, 1:1)
1:0 (Andre Zambo Anguissa, 45)
1:1 (Mark Milligan, 60pen)

They huffed and they puffed, but they didn't blow the house down.

Group B:
Germany vs Chile (Kazan, 1:1)
0:1 (Alexis Sanchez, 6)
1:1 (Lars Stindl, 41)

Saturday, June 24th:

Group A:
Mexico vs Russia (Kazan, 2:1)
0:1 (Alexander Samedov, 25)
1:1 (Nestor Araujo, 30)
2:1 (Hirving Lozano, 52)

Group A:
New Zealand vs Portugal (Saint Petersburg, 0:4)
0:1 (Cristiano Ronaldo, 33pen)
0:2 (Bernardo Silva, 37)
0:3 (Andre Silva, 80)
0:4 (Nani, 90+1)

Portugal and Mexico qualify for the semi-finals.

Group A P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Travel to Portugal Portugal 3 2 1 0 7/2 +5 7
Travel to Mexico Mexico 3 2 1 0 6/4 +2 7
Travel to Russia Russia 3 1 0 2 3/3 -- 3
Travel to New Zealand New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1/8 -7 0

Sunday, June 25th:

Group B:
Germany vs Cameroon (Sochi, 3:1)
1:0 (Kerem Demirbay, 48)
2:0 (Timo Werner, 66)
2:1 (Vincent Aboubakar, 78)
3:1 (Timo Werner, 81)

Group B:
Chile vs Australia (Moscow, 1:1)
0:1 (James Troisi, 42)
1:1 (Martin Rodriguez, 67)

Germany and Chile qualify for the semi-finals.

Group B P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Travel to Germany Germany 3 2 1 0 7/4 +3 7
Travel to Chile Chile 3 1 2 0 4/2 +2 5
Travel to Australia Australia 3 0 2 1 4/5 -1 2
Travel to Cameroon Cameroon 3 0 1 2 2/6 -4 1

Semi-Finals

Wednesday, June 28th:

Portugal vs Chile (Kazan, 0:0)
No goals in 120 minutes of football.

Chile won the game on penalties as Claudio Bravo saved all three of Portugals spot kicks. Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez all converted their penalties for Chile.

Thursday, June 29th:

Germany vs Mexico (Sochi, 4:1)
1:0 (Leon Goretzka, 6)
2:0 (Leon Goretzka, 8)
3:0 (Timo Werner, 59)
3:1 (Marco Fabian, 89)
4:1 (Amin Younes, 90+1)

2017 Confederations Cup Final

Sunday, July 2nd:

Travel to Chile Chile vs Travel to Germany Germany (Saint Petersburg, 0:1)
0:1 (Lars Stindl, 20)

Third Place

Portugal vs Mexico (Moscow, 2:1 aet)
0:1 (Luis Neto, own goal, 54)
1:1 (Pepe, 90+1)
2:1 (Adrien Silva, 104pen)

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The World United Through Football Euro 2016 - in France

24 countries will compete in the UEFA European Championship Finals, to be held in France between 10th June and 10th July, 2016.

Host Cities:
Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne, Toulouse.

Group A:
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Travel to France France
Travel to Romania Romania
Travel to Switzerland Switzerland.

Group B:
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Travel to Russia Russia
Travel to Slovakia Slovakia
Travel to Wales Wales

Group C:
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Travel to Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Travel to Poland Poland
Travel to Ukraine Ukraine

Group D:
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Travel to Spain Spain
Travel to Turkey Turkey

Group E:
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Group F:
Travel to Austria Austria
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Travel to Iceland Iceland
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