Russia face Slovakia in the second round of group stage at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Wednesday afternoon.
Match: Russia Vs Slovakia (European Championship, Group stage)
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 6:30 p.m (Indian Time)
Venue: France, Stade Pierre-Mauroy
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The opening fixture went slightly bitter for both sides. Russia drew 1–1 with England; The Russians were ready to surrender the match but last minute Vasili Berezutski header gave Russians a much needed point. Slovakia on the other side fought hard on the pitch but Gareth Bale brilliance saw them to lose their opening match. The match will be crucial for the both sides as they will be eying for a wildcard spot in the round of 16.
Speaking after the game, Russia manager Leonid Slutsky applauded his team determination to keep on fighting and he said “I thank my players because they were very much in the game right to the death and despite the enormous pressure from England we were able to score right at the end. It’s good to see those fighting spirit”.
Meanwhile Slovakia star man Marek Hamsik was disappointed with his side despite showing good game on the pitch. He added “I am disappointed with myself, I thought I’d score with my move but their defender denied by goal with a great block. We pressured Wales and created several chances in second half but we could not capitalize our chances. The game was balance in the end”.
In the last five meetings, Russia has been slightly better than Slovakia; the Russians have won 2 matches, drawn 2 while Slovakia have won only 1. Their last competitive game came in Euro 2012 qualifiers where Russia emerged as a winner.
Russians midfielders Dmitri Torbinski and Denis Glushakov are unable to feature in this match as they are both in treatment. Roman Neustadter was good in last game against England and will cement his place in defense while Artem Dzyuba is also likely to continue in attacking position.
Meanwhile for Slovakia coach Jan Kozak has no injury concerns and will start with the same team that played against Wales in the opening fixture. Juraj Kucha, Martin Skrtel, Vladimi Weiss, Robert Mak and Patrik Hrosovsky all picked up yellow card in that match which means they have to be very cautious in this game to avoid suspension.
Russia Vs Slovakia Team News
Russia starting XI: Akinfeev, Smolnikov, Ignashevich, Vasili Berezutski, Schennikov, Neustadter, Golovin, Smolov, Shatov, Kokorin, Dzjuba
Slovakia: Kozacik; Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Hubocan; Hrosovsky, Kucka; Duda, Hamsík, Weiss; Duris.