Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov said his team were "mobilised" by a pregame speech from President Vladimir Putin ahead of their 2-0 FIFA Confederations Cup win over New Zealand on Saturday.
The FIFA Confederations Cup is viewed by experts as a rehearsal for the organizers, with only one year to go to the FIFA World Cup.
"This is a challenging project, which includes transport, hotels and etc".
"Today we have to focus in this Confederations Cup".
Both teams were lined up on the pitch for an unusual pre-match protocol, looking up at the VIP boxes to hear from Russia's leader and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, before being able to complete their preparations.
Nani (C) and Portugal players celebrate after their team's 1-0 win against France in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. Germany made the Confed Cup as reigning World Cup champs.
"It is the experience and knowledge that will be of enormous value for 2018".
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Russian Federation next faces Portugal and New Zealand plays Mexico.
Africa's flag bearers Cameroon will begin their quest at the tournament when they face South American champion Chile at the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow on June 18 as well.
"As much as 44,000 tickets have been sold for the opening match in St Petersburg with 24 hours remaining before the kick-off", Samoura added.
Federation Internationale de Football Association general secretary Fatma Samoura said on Friday that the estimated attendance for the tournament would be 65 percent, and that Russia's match against European champions Portugal had been sold out for weeks.
"What fans have been waiting for over so many years is finally happening".
"But Russia's authorities have worked out a comprehensive security concept that will act during the major football tournaments here to avoid any chance of the repetition of such kind of events".
There's heavy pressure on Russian Federation to perform at the Confederations Cup, and with a slew of dignitaries in attendance on Saturday, the home team delivered.