Start: St. Petersburg will receive its first and decisive matches of the confederations Cup

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Saint Petersburg hosted the first and final matches of the confederations Cup in football and will be an important city during the games of the tournament, which precedes the world Cup 2018 in Russia.

Opening ceremony — two hours before the first match

In total, the stadium «St. Petersburg» on Krestovsky will host four matches: the opening match, two other matches in the group stage and finals. The first game of the tournament will be the meeting of the Russians and new Zealanders.

The opening match of the tournament between the teams of Russia and New Zealand will be held on Saturday, June 17, the game will start at 18:00 GMT. Russian singers Alsu, Sergey Lazarev, DJ Smash as well as take part in the opening ceremony of the confederations Cup. The General Director of organizing Committee «Russia-2018» Alexei Sorokin said that the viewers need to come to the stadium «Saint Petersburg» to see the colorful show.

«Two thousand artists will take part in the opening ceremony. It starts two hours before the match Russia – New Zealand. We invite ticket holders to come at 16:00,» Sorokin told journalists on Friday.The Secretary-General of the International football Federation (FIFA) Fatma Samura on Friday said that the matches of the confederations Cup 2017, the day before the start of the tournament sold 60% of tickets. Thus the match between the teams of Russia and New Zealand, which will open the confederations Cup, remains on sale for only 7 thousand tickets. «The opening match of 44 thousand tickets sold. On the match Russia – Portugal a few weeks ago, all the tickets sold,» said Samura at a press conference.After that, the stadium was adapted to the requirements of the International football Federation, the sports arena in accordance with the requirements of law enforcement agencies. After the test matches in the spring of 2017 it was found that the pitch at the stadium will need to be replaced, which was done in a matter of days before the start of the confederations Cup. Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Vitaly Mutko said Friday the arena is fully ready to receive guests.

«We are absolutely ready for the tournament. The infrastructure, hotels, transport arrangements, we have taken all measures to ensure security. Ready for more new services,» said Mutko told reporters. Samura stressed that Saint Petersburg has coped with all difficulties in time. «We were at the stadium in Saint-Petersburg, technical are all set at 100 percent. We can expect the best competition in Russia,» said Samura told reporters.Saint Petersburg is one of the most important cities in the world championship of 2018 which will pass in Russia. In addition to the group matches in the tournament 1/8 finals, the stadium «St.-Petersburg» will host one semifinal match and the match for 3rd place. The matches of the confederations Cup will be St. Petersburg a test before the world championship. In 2020 in the Northern capital have to pass the group stage matches and one quarterfinal match of the championship of Europe.