Job done. That was the verdict of Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov after the hosts opened their debut FIFA Confederations campaign with a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win over New Zealand.
"I'm very happy," he said. "The tempo was high, it was a fast game, but we achieved everything we had planned for.
"We have done what we set out to do. We coped with our task, with the responsibility we had, so let's move on to the next game now. I believe we will have the same line-up and we have a certain plan facing Portugal. Everybody is ready."
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Anthony Hudson, for his part, was gracious in defeat, praising the Russians for having outplayed his spirited New Zealand side.
"We wanted a better result than we got and we're slightly deflated," said the All Whites coach.
"However, we were playing against a very strong Russian team. They were very, very positive in their play and caused us a lot of problems.
"But we showed a lot of spirit and there are plenty of positives for us to take on to our next game."
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