Russia passes Confederations Cup test but hosts need a team to rally behind | Shaun Walker

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Russia has eased fears ahead of the 2018 World Cup by delivering a friendly, organised dress rehearsal – but the hosts are still lacking a competitive team

The Confederations Cup is drawing to a close, and overall Russians will feel pleased at how the eight-team warm-up tournament has gone – except for the performance of the home team. On Sunday evening, Germany take on Chile in the late sunlight of a St Petersburg summer evening, and then that will be it until 14 June next year, when the Fifa circus descends on Russia for the main event.

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