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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

OnScene: ESPN FC's Confederations Cup updates from Russia - Matchday 1

ESPN FC is "OnScene" in Russia ahead of the opening weekend of Confederations Cup play. 

Stay in touch with everything our correspondents have been getting up to.

MONDAY, June 19: MATCHDAY 1

Less than a year to go until the big one kicks off!

359 days until Russia 2018...

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Tom is on the move

A cult TV show-themed bar?

AUSTRALIA VS. GERMANY (Sochi, 4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET)

Mark gets entertained on the Sapsan Express

Cartoons being shown on TV on the Sapsan Express between Saint Petersburg and Moscow...

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Nick catches a glimpse of what could have been...

So, about that train to Moscow....

Train to Moscow? Simple enough...

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SUNDAY, June 18: MATCHDAY 1

Tom reviews Mexico's opening game

CAMEROON VS. CHILE  (Moscow, 7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET)

Between chances, fans entertain themselves.

Meanwhile, in the Russia capital...

Just over half an hour to kickoff in Moscow... not quite full yet for Cameroon ���� + Chile ���� #ConfedCup2017 pic.twitter.com/QzHNYyt7Li

PORTUGAL VS. MEXICO (Kazan, 4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET)

Almost game time...

Nick Ames and Tom Marshall are live and direct in Kazan

#modernfootball

Is it normal these days for stadium seats to spell out hashtags? pic.twitter.com/qo6LJSlijG

Let's hope this doesn't double up as a fan zone

One of football's grandest figures... meets Gianni Infantino

Mexico fans gearing up in Kazan. Can El Tri upset Ronaldo and co.?

Mark Ogden discovers just how much Russians love their cats

A coffee shop with cats, loads of them, in Saint Petersburg...

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Tom Marshall's local guides tell us about the city of Kazan

Nick Ames has plenty of love for the capital of Russia's Tatarstan region


SATURDAY, June 17: MATCHDAY 1

RUSSIA VS. NEW ZEALAND (Saint Petersburg, 4 p.m./11 a.m. ET)

While Russia were beating New Zealand in St. Petersburg, Mexico were enjoying training in Kazan...

Did we get a look at Juan Carlos Osorio's first-choice XI to face Portugal on Sunday?

After the game came the news conference. Big moment for Osorio!

Nick Ames gets a look at the site of Portugal vs. Mexico...

We're trying to enjoy this...

Russia are not playing their first game as hosts to a full house

Good stadium, few too many empty seats...

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This is where Ronaldo and co. will face Mexico on Sunday

Portugal boss Fernando Santos has heard enough about Ronaldo

Portugal coach Santos plied with Qs about Ronaldo in press conference. Said halfway through that he'd wouldn't any more on same subject.

Mark Ogden reports from outside the ground as the atmosphere builds

Mark Ogden isn't overly convinced Cristiano Ronaldo will be leaving Real Madrid after recent reports suggesting otherwise.

Travelling fans and journalists alike have to tackle the language barrier

Travelling fans and journalists alike have to tackle the language barrier
At least you know what you're paying for your mystery lunch.

This fan will be tough to beat for the 'best national dress' award

Russia v New Zealand, Saint Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg looks lovely in the sunshine ahead of the big kick-off

Saint Petersburg dressed up and ready for the Confederations Cup opener between Russia and New Zealand...

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Gab Marcotti ponders the tournament's future beyond this summer

The lowdown of Kazan's history before it hosts Mexico vs. Portugal


FRIDAY, June 16

El Tri supporters have made it to Kazan!

Could Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid? 

Plenty of interest in Portugal's press conference

No doubting the major storyline when Portugal meet Mexico on Sunday

But, overall, is Russia ready?

And here's a look at Saint Petersburg's shiny new venue

Meanwhile, in Kazan, there are plenty of entertainment options

Russia's capital is a busy place!

Cameroon team bus stuck in #Moscow traffic at #confederationscup.

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Hello from Moscow!

Downtown Hartford. (No, wait ....) #travel #soccer #espn #confederationscup

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For all the latest on the Confederations Cup, check out our index. Can Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo add yet another trophy to his collection? Will South American champions Chile prevail? Or might a young German side come of age? 

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