Soccer Fans Following Confederations Cup in Russia
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The FIFA Confederations Cup started on June 17 and will end on July 2. It is a warm-up for next year's World Cup in Russia.
Soccer fans are watching the games to get a feel for what the 2018 tournament will look like. Games are being played in Kazan, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi.
As the host country, Russia is playing along with seven other nations, including Mexico, Portugal, Germany, Chile, Cameroon, New Zealand and Australia.
Those countries qualified by winning either the most recent World Cup or their regional confederation's tournament.
The teams are divided into two groups of four. Each team plays three group games and the top two teams advance to the semifinals.
On Wednesday, many people were watching the second group game between Russia and Portugal. Portugal won last year's European Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal to help Portugal win, 1-0.
The hashtag RUSPOR was trending around the world when the game started.
Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world, along with Lionel Messi. Ronaldo is one of Real Madrid's star players. Anytime he plays, people watch to see how he will do.
Last Sunday's game between Mexico and Portugal may have been the best so far. Ronaldo was named the best player in the game. It looked as if Portugal was going to win, but Mexico's Hector Moreno scored in the 91st minute to make it 2-2.
Russia will likely need a win against Mexico on June 24 to move into the elimination round of the tournament.
Vladimir Ponmarev played for the Soviet Union team that went to the semifinals of the 1966 World Cup.
Ponmarev said this year's Confederations Cup will show whether Russia is ready to compete with the stronger teams in next year's World Cup.
The championship game of the Confederations Cup will be played on Sunday, July 2 in Saint Petersburg.
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1.Russia will likely need a win against Mexico on June 24 to move into the elimination round of the tournament.
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国际足联联合会杯足球赛于6月17日拉开帷幕，将于7月2日结束 。该赛事也是明年俄罗斯世界杯的预热赛 。
观看球赛的球迷朋友想提前感受一下2018年世界杯的气氛 。本次球赛在喀山、莫斯科、圣彼得堡和索契举办 。
八支球队将分为两组，每组四支球队 。两组球队进行小组单循环赛，最终前两名球队将晋级半决赛 。
周三，很多球迷都在关注第二场比赛——俄罗斯对战葡萄牙 。葡萄牙获得去年欧洲杯冠军 。克里斯蒂亚诺·罗纳尔多（Cristiano Ronaldo）踢进一球助葡萄牙以1-0的比分获胜 。
罗纳尔多是与里奥·梅西（Lionel Messi）齐名的全球最佳球员之一，也是皇家马德里球队的明星球员 。但凡他参赛都会立刻成为场上的焦点 。
上周日，墨西哥与葡萄牙的对决可能是目前最精彩的一场比赛，而罗纳尔多被评为整场最佳球员 。葡萄牙眼看着就要获胜，但墨西哥的埃克托·莫雷诺（Hector Moreno）在第91分钟进球，将比分扳到了2-2 。