Federation Internationale de Football Association has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kick off today, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist.
The hosts poured on the pressure in the early going.
And it's in Russian Federation this month that coach Ange Postecoglou has the opportunity to chase high honours.
"Referees, players, coaches and fans all agree that improving player behaviour and respect for all participants (and especially match officials), increasing playing time and the game's fairness and attractiveness must be football's main priority", Ifab technical director David Elleray said. We know who can do what and I will not name any players.
Manager Stanislav Cherchesov has made a host of changes to form a new-look team following a hugely disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, where they finished with just one point from three group games. "We could have been more aggressive".
New Zealand's goalkeeper Marinovic, who plays in the German lower leagues, did well to keep the Oceania champions in the game in the second half, producing a fine double save from Poloz and Yerokhin and then turning away another effort from Rostov forward Poloz. The European champion opens its Group A program on Sunday against Mexico in Kazan.
President Vladimir Putin, for whom the tournament and the World Cup are prestige projects, said Thursday: "Let us hope that the guys will try to perform well, like real fighters". "Cristiano is totally focused in helping our team".
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On the other hand, New Zealand head coach Anthony Hudson is not anxious about their status as the underdogs heading into the opening match against Russian Federation.
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Smolov's goal was rightly ruled offside before Russian Federation took the lead on 31 minutes.
When the goal came, it had an ugly finish after two pretty pieces of individual skill once the All-Whites defense needlessly lost the ball.
After New Zealand lost possession in a unsafe area, Poloz's neat touch released Glushakov, who clipped his finish over Marinovic and off the post before Boxall bundled the ball into his own net as he and Smith frantically tried to clear. A three-player race to meet the rebound off a post saw the sliding Boxall's trailing right arm get the final touch in a bundle of bodies. It will help dictate the tempo of the game in their favor and even help them gain the confidence to win the 2017 Confederations Cup.
The sporting halfway house that is the Confederations Cup begins this weekend, prompting the same question for football fans around the world.