Russia proved they didn’t have a magical wand at World Cup
At World Cup, we thought Russia have got a magic wand. The way they performed, they win the heart of millions around the world and most importantly they win the heart of their countrymen. They come into the tournament as a 78th ranked nation and reached the quarter-finals. It’s kind of some magical stuff but continuing their performances after World Cup, they have proved they didn’t have a magical wand at World Cup.
Stanislav Cherchesov and his team has proved that they have put in lot of hard work. Russia’s FIFA Rankings have reached a new height as they sit on 49th but their latest performances in UEFA League of Nations against Turkey and in friendly against Czech Republic will help them achieve a new height.
Coach Checchesov gave rest to his key players from World Cup and still Sbornaya started from where they left. Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, star midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, striker Fyodor Smolov, and veteran defender Sergei Ignashevich who has already hung up his boots are not part of this Russia team and still they are flourishing.
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They saw off Turkey playing away from home earning a 2-1 victory in UEFA League of Nations fixture. Denis Cheryshev scored a long ranger in his own fashion to give Russia lead and striker Artem Dzyuba made sure that they walk away with a victory from crowded Black Sea province of Trabzon.
It could have been considered another wonder but they backed their performances with another emphatic win in friendly against Czech Republic at Rostov Arena. They thumped the visitors 5-1.
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Russia who consider themselves as not a footballing nation is backing their country. There were 45,000 fans were present at Rostov Arena to watch the friendly against Czech Republic. Sbornaya gifted their fans an ecstatic moment as they thumped Czech Republic 5-1 as they have done against Saudi Arabia in their opening World Cup fixture.
Aleksei Ionov who has replaced Aleksandr Golovin on this international break scored a double, whereas Anton Zabolotny, Aleksandr Yerokhin, and Dmitry Poloz completes the 5-1 rout. Tomas Soucek somehow earned a consolation for Czech Republic but it wasn’t good enough to ruin Russian fans ecstasy.
With Sbornaya latest performances it can’t be said that they didn’t have a magic wand during the World Cup. It’s all their hard work and believe in themselves backed by nation’s love.