Russia continues to shine after successful World Cup campaign
Russia national football team were the lowest ranked nation at FIFA World Cup 2018, but the host nation surprised everyone with their performances. They reached to the quarterfinals only to lose on penalty against finalist Croatia. Sbornaya continuing on to their confidence boost from World Cup shined in UEFA League of nations’ opener against Turkey away from home.
It was believed that Russia’s success at World Cup was due to their home fans support, but Russian team proved that it wasn’t only reason of their success by defeating Turkey 2-1 away from home. Sbornaya defeated Mircea Lucescu’s young side 2-1 playing in a crowed Black Sea province of Trabzon.
Denis Cheryshev carried over his individual form of World Cup coming into UEFA League of nations. He scored another cracker of a goal in 13th minute to give Russia lead. He perfected a left-footed volley to beat Turkish goalkeeper Serkan Kirintili.
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His lead for Russia didn’t survive the first-half break as Serdar Aziz equalized for Turkey just before the end of first-half. But, Artem Dzyuba made sure that we walk away victorious from Black Sea province of Trabzon.
A defensive error by Turkish defenders left Dzyuba all alone in one-to-one situation with Kirintili and Russian experienced centre-forward didn’t make mistake to win the game for Russia.
It’s a good start for Russia in UEFA League of nations. They are in League B group B2 alongside Turkey and Sweden.
In other results of Friday, Italy drew 1-1 with Poland in League A group A3. In League C, group C1 Albania beat Israel 1-0. Lithuania was beaten by Serbia 0-1, whereas Romania shared the spoil with Montenegro playing a 0-0 draw in Group C4.
In League D, group D3 fixtures, Azerbaizan and Kosovo played a 0-0 draw, whereas Faroe Islands beat Malta 3-1.
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