FULL-TIME! In Lille and Slovakia beats Russia 2-1.
GOAL! RUSSIA 1-2 SLOVAKIA (Glushakov, 80)
We have a game here, as Russia has pulled a goal back in the 80th minute. A lovely floated pass inside the penalty area by Oleg Shatov found an unmarked Denis Glushakov and sub only has to head home with no one around him. Good game again. Slovakia leads Russia 2-0.
GOAL! RUSSIA 0-2 SLOVAKIA (Hamsik, 45)
An Absolutely brilliant strike by midfielder Marek Hamsik, as he scored with a wonderful curling shot that went into the back of the net off the post on the stroke of half time. What a strike it was from a short corner. Russia rocketed in the opening 45 minutes. Slovakia leads Russia 2-0.
GOAL! RUSSIA 0-1 SLOVAKIA (Weiss, 32)
Slovakia takes the lead after not being on top in this contest, but it doesn’t matter goals win games and it’s a former Manchester City player, Vladimir Weiss, who opens the score for Slovakia in the 32nd minute with a curling effort from 15 yards. Slovakia leads Russia 1-0.
with a wonderful curling shot that went into the back of the net off the post on the stroke of half time and what a strike it was, as Russia rocketed in the opening 45 minutes. Slovakia leads Russia 2-0.
LILLE, Sporting Alert – The second round of group play in Euro 2016 begins on Wednesday with Russia looking to build on the confidence earned from stealing a point against England last week.
Russia named an unchanged team from the side that started against England for today’s clash against Slovakia in Lille in Group B.
Head coach Leonid Slutski believes his team showed guts against England to earn a late 1-1 draw, and he has resisted the temptation to make adjustments, despite his team showing signs of weakness in the defensive third, especially in the first half in Marseille on Saturday.
Aleksandr Kokorin and Artem Dzyuba will need to improve in the backline, but Russia will also be happy with the contributions of Aleksandr Golovin and Roman Neustädter during Saturday’s game.
Defender and captain Vasili Berezutski, who scored the equaliser against England starts again and will be eager for more at Euro 2016.
Meanwhile, Ondrej Duda, who scored in the 2-1 defeat to Wales in the opening group game will start today, along with Tomas Hubocan and Viktor Pecovsky as head coach Ján Kozák makes changes to his Slovakia starting lineup.
He is expected a tough battle against a very organised Russian side, which has players who play with each other regularly in the build up to the Euro 2016 tournament.
“The Russian team is made up of players who play for teams like CSKA Moskva and Zenit, who regularly play in the UEFA Champions League,” he said.
“They have improved under Slutski and are very well organised, with good transition from defence to attack and vice versa.
“The Wales defeat was unnecessary and when we reviewed it, we saw that the Welsh made more mistakes; we just couldn’t take our chances. But we did make mistakes and now we have a chance to make amends against Russia.”
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Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Igor Smolnikov, Vasily Berezutsky, Sergei Ignashevich, Georgy Shchennikov, Roman Neustaedter, Alexander Golovin, Oleg Shatov, Alexander Kokorin, Fyodor Smolov, Artyom Dzyuba. Subs:Mucha, Novota, Salata, Svento, Gyomber, Skriniar, Sestak, Stoch, Hrosovsky, Gregus, Duris, Nemec
Slovakia: Matus Kozacik, Peter Pekarik, Martin Skrtel, Jan Durica, Tomas Hubocan, Juraj Kucka, Viktor Pecovsky, Marek Hamsik, Robert Mak, Vladimir Weiss, Ondrej Duda. Subs: Guilherme, Lodygin, A Berezutski, Kombarov, Shishkin, Yusupov, Glushakov, Ivanov, Mamaev, Samedov, Shatov, Shirokov, Torbinski