Russia won praise on Saturday for a successful World Cup warmup tournament in St. Petersburg, though it has faced new questions about past doping issues. Germany captain Julian Draxler joined FIFA President Gianni Infantino in thanking Russia ahead of the Confederations Cup final today when the 2014 World Cup winner plays South American champion Chile. Infantino said later at a news conference
in the St. Petersburg stadium that “everything ran perfectly” in Russia. Still, the doping shadow cast on Russian sports by a series of World Anti-Doping Agency investi- gation reports since 2015 re-emerged during the two-week World Cup dress rehearsal. FIFA is aware of 155 potentially suspect samples given by players in Russia that need to be tested, WADA-appointed investigator Richard McLaren told German broadcaster ARD.