Cherchesov set the ambitious target of winning the Cup for Russia. AFP / Mladen ANTONOV
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Hosts Russia kick off the Confederations Cup against New Zealand in Saint Petersburg Saturday, targeting victory in their opening match to set the tone for a successful tournament.It will be the first meeting between Russia and New Zealand, the champions of Oceania, in the post-Soviet era.Russia have achieved mixed results since his appointment with three wins, three draws and three defeats. Russia salvaged an impressive 3-3 draw with Belgium, but that followed a 2-0 home defeat to Ivory Coast – Russia's first loss to an African team – and a humiliating 2-1 defeat to Qatar.New Zealand are appearing at the Confed Cup for the fourth time, although the All Whites are still hunting for a first victory in the eight-team competition.
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