2018 is a World Cup 12 months, so we’ve got put collectively a information for every group within the match. We begin with group A and the hosts Russia.
Russia World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Information
Russia vs Croatia – Quarter Last, seventh July – Sochi
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Beginning XI: Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Kutepov, Kudryashov, Fernandes, Zobnin, Samedov, Kuzyaev, Cheryshev, Golovin, Dzyuba
Russia vs Spain – Spherical of 16 Match Report
Russia Beginning XI: 1 Igor Akinfeev, 2 Mario Fernandes, Three Ilya Kutepov, Four Sergei Ignashevich, 7 Daler Kuzyayev (21 Aleksandr Yerokhin 97), 11 Roman Zobnin, 13 Fyodor Kudryashov, 17 Aleksandr Golovin, 18 Yuri Zhirkov (14 Vladimir Granat 46), 19 Aleksandr Samedov (6 Denis Cheryshev 61), 22 Artem Dzyuba (10 Fyodor Smolov 65)
Spain Beginning XI: 1 David De Gea, Three Gerard Pique, Four Nacho (2 Dani Carvajal 70), 5 Sergio Busquets, eight Koke, 15 Sergio Ramos, 18 Jordi Alba, 19 Diego Costa (17 Iago Aspas 80), 20 Marco Asensio (9 Rodrigo 104), 21 David Silva (6 Andres Iniesta 67), 22 Isco
Spain 1 Russia 1
Russia Four-Three on pens
Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was Russia’s shoot-out hero after saving two penalties to knock out Spain and ship the hosts by means of to the quarter-finals.
It was the largest shock of the match, not least as a result of Russia had began nervously and allowed Spain to take an early lead. However Spain then sat again, their passing lacked penetration they usually handed Russia a lifeline when Gerard Pique dealt with at a nook shortly earlier than half-time.
Russia had a gameplan to defend deeply in opposition to Spanish possession and the 2010 champions, who surprisingly began with out Andres Iniesta, couldn’t discover a solution to unlock the massed Russian defence.
Spain’s attacking substitutes, together with Iniesta, gave them extra edge in further time however Russia held out for the shootout in entrance of the house crowd.
Matter of truth
Each groups took benefit of latest guidelines to turn out to be the primary nations to make 4 substitutions in a World Cup match.
Spain had robust grounds for a penalty in further time when Pique and Ramos have been held at a nook, however their claims have been rejected following a VAR session,
Possession (%): 74/26
Purpose makes an attempt: 25/6
Makes an attempt on track: 6/Three
Go accuracy (%): 90/71
Distance lined (km): 137/146
Russia vs Uruguay (25th June) Match Report
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Russia Beginning XI: 1 Igor Akinfeev, Three Ilya Kutepov, Four Igor Ignashevich, 6 Denis Cheryshev (2 Mario Fernandes 38), eight Yury Gazinsky (7 Daler Kuzyayev 46), 11 Roman Zobnin, 13 Fyodor Kudriashov, 15 Ali Miranchuk (10 Fyodor Smolov 60), 19 Aleksandr Samedov, 22 Artem Dzyuba, 23 Igor Smolnikov
Uruguay Beginning XI: 1 Fernando Muslera, Three Diego Godin, 6 Rodrigo Betancur (10 Giorgian De Arrascaeta 63), eight Nahitan Nandez (7 Cristian Rodriguez 73), 9 Luis Suarez, 14 Lucas Torreira, 15 Mateo Vecino, 17 Diego Laxalt, 19 Sebastian Coates, 21 Edinson Cavani (18 Maxi Gomez 90+Four), 22 Martin Caceres
Uruguay Three Russia Zero
Uruguay: Suarez 10, Cheryshev 23og, Cavani 90
After edging out lesser opponents in Egypt and Saudi Arabia of their opening two video games, Uruguay turned on the model to beat hosts Russia and high their group. It was a extra attacked-minded efficiency from Uruguay, who have been helped by the first-half sending-off of Igor Smolnikov.
In keeping with the official figures, Russia lined 98km, in comparison with 118km and 115km of their first two video games
Matter of truth
The three-Zero scoreline was Russia’s greatest World Cup defeat.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez made adjustments to his beginning line-up, brining in a extra attack-minded left-back in Doego Laxalt in addition to midfielder Lucas Torreira, with Martin Caceres transferring to right-back. Laxalt scored Uruguay’s second objective and was fouled by Igor Smolnikov for the Russian’s second yellow card.
Possession (%): 56/44
Purpose makes an attempt: 17/Three
Makes an attempt on track: 6/1
Go accuracy (%): 86/82
Distance lined (km): 101/98
Russia vs Egypt (19th June) Match Report
Russia Beginning XI: 1 Igor Akinfeev, 2 Mario Fernandes, Three Ilya Kutepov, Four Sergei Ignashevich, 6 Denis Cheryshev (7 Daler Kuzyayev 74), eight Yury Gazinsky, 11 Roman Zobnin, 17 Aleksandr Golovin, 18 Yuri Zhirkov (13 Fyodor Kudriashov 86), 19 Aleksandr Samedov, 22 Artem Dzyuba (10 Fydor Smolov 79)
Egypt Beginning XI: 23 Mohamed El Shenenawy, 2 Ali Gabr, 6 Ahmed Hegazy, 7 Ahmed Fathi, eight Tarek Hamed, 9 Marwan Mohsen (11 Kahraba 82), 10 Mohamed Salah, 13 Mohamed Abdelshafy, 17 Mohamed Elneny (22 Amr Warda 64), 19 Abdallah Mentioned, 21 Trezeguet (14 Ramadan Sobhi 68)
RUSSIA Three EGYPT 1
Russia: Fathi 47og, Cheryshev 59, Dzuba 62
Egypt: Salah 73pen
Hosts Russia all however confirmed their place within the knockout phases after recording the perfect begin by a house nation within the historical past of the match.
Emboldened by their 5-Zero rout of Saudi Arabia within the opening match, Stanislav Cherchesov’s aspect got here up in opposition to a much more organised group in Egypt and struggled to interrupt them down within the first half.
However in a blistering quarter-hour spell in the beginning of the second half the hosts blow Egypt away with an assured, assured efficiency that delighted the house crowd in Saint Petersburg.
Egypt appeared to talisman Mohamed Salah to carry them again into the sport. Though he gained and transformed a late penalty, Salah was a shadow of the determine seen at Liverpool this season.
Matter of truth
Russia bettered the report of hosts Italy in 1934 by scoring eight targets and conceding one of their first two video games (Italy beat USA 7-1 and drew with Spain 1-1).
Mohamed Salah, having missed his aspect’s opening recreation whereas persevering with his restoration from the shoulder damage suffered within the Champions League Last, began for Egypt. However he was below-par and clearly not but totally match.
Possession (%): 46/54
Purpose makes an attempt: 11/13
Makes an attempt on track: 5/eight
Go accuracy (%): 73/78
Distance lined (km): 115/110
Russia vs Saudi Arabia (14th June) Match Report
Can Russia show the critics flawed and encourage a nation? Match preview out there right here.
Beginning XI: Russia – 1 Igor Akinfeev, 2 Mario Fernandes, Three Ilya Kutepov, Four Sergei Ignashevich, eight Yuri Gazinsky, 9 Alan Dzagoev (7 Denis Cheryshev 25), 10 Fyodor Smolov (22 Artem Dzuba 60), 11 Roman Zobnin, 17 Aleksandr Golovin, 18 Yuri Zhirkov, 19 Aleksandr Samedov (7 Daler Kuzyaev 64)
Beginning XI: Saudi Arabia – 1 Abdullah Al-Mayouf, 2 Osama Hawsawi, 5 Omar Hawsawi, 6 Mohamed Al-Burayk, 7 Salman Al-Faraj, eight Yahia Al-Sheri (9 Hattan Bahebri 73), 10 Mohamed Al-Sahlawi (20 Muhannad Asiri 85), 13 Yasser Al-Shahrani, 14 Abdullah Otayf (19 Fahad Muwallad 64), 17 Taisir Al-Jassim, 1eight Salem Al-Dawsari
RUSSIA 5 SAUDI ARABIA Zero
Russia: Gazinzky 12, Cheryshev 43, 90+1, Dzuba 71, Golovin 90+Four
Saudi Arabia: none
Hosts Russia recorded the largest win in a World Cup opening match since Italy in 1934 (7-1), thrashing Saudi Arabia in entrance of watching state president Vladmir Putin and FIFA dignatories.
Russia had did not win of their earlier seven warm-up video games however any fears that the hosts could be embarrassed in entrance of a worldwide TV viewers have been dispelled by an early objective because the Russians went on to capitalise on some surprising Saudi defending.
The Saudis, again within the World Cup for the primary time since 2006, gifted their opponents an excessive amount of area and respect in midfield – and Russia took full benefit.
Man of the match
Aleksandr Golovin supplied two assists and scored a beautiful free-kick.
Russia’s runaway victory was achieved regardless of shedding their greatest participant, Alan Dzagoev, to a hamstring damage halfway by means of the primary half. His alternative, Denis Cherysev, arrange the hosts for his or her complete victory with two well-taken targets.
Possession (%): 40/60
Purpose makes an attempt: 13/7
Makes an attempt on track: 7/Zero
Go accuracy (%): 78/86
Distance lined (km): 118/105
Russia World Cup Information
With no qualifiers to play, hosts Russia have been desperately on the lookout for sparring companions to organize for the 2018 World Cup – even enjoying a pleasant in opposition to membership aspect Dynamo Moscow in September 2017. Issues solely grew to become simpler when the highest European and South American groups had completed their qualifying campaigns, with Argentina coming to Moscow and Spain visiting Saint Petersburg in November, and friendlies in opposition to Brazil and France deliberate for March.
Stanislav Cherchesov is attempting to construct a brand new squad after his predecessor Leonid Slutsky’s unimpressive Euro 2016 outing. Within the absence of top-quality gamers and the departure of plenty of the outdated guard, Cherchesov has needed to look more and more at younger expertise, though such gamers are scarce and lack expertise. Followers eagerly awaiting subsequent summer season’s match are extra sceptical concerning the group’s probabilities than ever earlier than. Qualifying from their group could be seen as an excellent end result for the hosts.
Key Moments in Qualifying
Cherchesov steps in to exchange Slutskiy and the group draw Zero-Zero away to Turkey in his first recreation.
Russia rating two second-half targets to come back from behind and earn a powerful Three-Three draw with Belgium on the rebuilt Sochi Olympic Stadium.
The group fails to get out of its group on the Confederations Cup, shedding 1-Zero to Portugal and 2-1 to Mexico after beating New Zealand 2-Zero within the opening recreation. Regardless of a lot hypothesis Cherchesov retains his job.
Russia concede a late objective from Sergio Aguero and lose 1-Zero to Argentina on the reopening of Moscow’s Luzhniki Olympic Stadium, which can host the opening recreation and the World Cup Last subsequent summer season.
Russia World Cup Group
Russia are in Group A for the match and have been joined by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay.
Russia World Cup Friendlies
Russia will play a warm-up pleasant in opposition to Brazil on March 23rd, and France on the 27th. On the 30th of Could, Russia will then journey to face Austria, after which Turkey on the fifth of June.
- 23rd March – Brazil (misplaced Three-Zero)
- 27th March – France (misplaced Three-1)
- 30th Could – Austria (misplaced 1-Zero)
- fifth June – Turkey (drew 1-1)
Russia World Cup Fixtures
As hosts Russia will kick off the match in opposition to Saudi Arabia on the 14th of June. 5 days later they may play the Mohamed Salah led Egypt, earlier than ending their group stage with a match in opposition to Uruguay on the 25th of June.
Stanislav Cherchesov, age 54 (02.09.63)
Appointed in August 2016 on a two-year contract, the previous USSR and Russia goalkeeper with 49 caps is a four-time winner of the nationwide championship. He was a key determine for Spartak Moscow of their 1995 Champions League marketing campaign, once they gained all six group-stage video games, and later gained three league titles in Austria with Tirol Innsbruck earlier than ending his enjoying profession again at Spartak. After teaching in Austria he joined Spartak and later labored with Moscow sides Spartak and Dynamo earlier than transferring to Poland in 2015 and main Legia Warsaw to the double.
Igor Akinfeev stays the first-choice keeper and has proved his top-drawer credentials on quite a few events. Though susceptible to accidents, versatile box-to-box midfielder Alan Dzagoev can be key.
Akinfeev has greater than 100 caps to his title and is closing in on Sergei Ignashevich’s nationwide report of 120 appearances.
Ignashevich, together with Vasili and Alexei Berezutskiy, give up worldwide soccer and their absence is a serious headache for the coach who has needed to completely change his again three.
Born in Russia, Konstantin Rausch emigrated to Germany as a boy however after caps at under-21 stage for his adopted homeland the winger opted to play for Russia. One other newcomer is centre-back Georgiy Dzhikiya.
Russia World Cup Squad
Last 23-man squad –
GOALKEEPERS: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow),Vladimir Gabulov (Membership Brugge), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St Petersburg).
DEFENDERS: Vladimir Granat, Fedor Kudryashov (each Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes (each CSKA Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg).
MIDFIELDERS: Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev (each CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov (each Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal).
FORWARDS: Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Aleksei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar).
Russia World Cup Accidents
Zenit St Petersburg ahead Aleksandr Kokorin may miss the match after rupturing ligaments in his knee.
Centre-back Georgi Dzhikiya has suffered a critical knee damage and may very well be out of the match.
Viktor Vasin may additionally miss the match after struggling a critical knee damage.
Alan Dzagoev has injured what seems to be his hamstring and will miss the remainder of the match.
The Unanswered Questions
Can the brand new defence cope?
Victor Vasin, Fedor Kudryashov and Georgiy Dzhikiya have all been criticised for technical errors and poor positioning in current video games, but it surely seems as if Cherchesov sees them as his solely defensive choices for the World Cup.
Will Igor Akinfeev keep away from errors in essential video games?
Though undoubtedly Russia’s greatest goalkeeper, he has made some expensive errors at main tournaments such because the 2014 World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup.
May Andrei Arshavin be recalled?
No, regardless of being most likely the one Russian participant to attain widespread worldwide recognition within the final 15 years, the 36-year-old is now at Kairat in Kazakhstan. He did not make the ultimate World Cup squad.
Will Igor Denisiov make a comeback?
As coach of Dynamo, Cherchesov had a run-in with the defensive midfielder which led to Denisov being banished to the reserves. Since turning into nationwide coach, Cherchesov has not thought of calling up Denisov, and this has continued as Denisov has did not make the ultimate squad.
Can the home league’s high strikers take their probabilities in high worldwide video games?
The Premier League’s high scorer in 2016 and 2017, Fedor Smolov of Krasnodar and Zenit’s Alexander Kokorin haven’t shone at worldwide stage. They have been resulting from compete for the lone striker place or type an attacking duet however Kokorin is probably going out of the match with a critical knee damage.
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