Euro 2020: Russia secures 1-0 win over Finland

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia picked up an important victory against Finland at the Saint Petersburg Stadium
20:40, 16 June 2021


Russia secured their first win at Euro 2020 with a 1-0 victory over Finland in St Petersburg.

The Finnish national team thought they got the lead in the opening minutes when Jukka Raitala dispossessed Igor Diveev at the right flank and delivered a good cross to Joel Pohjanpalo.

Pohjanpalo headed the ball past Matvei Safonov but was caught just an inch offside by VAR.

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Russia got unlucky soon after as they lost Mario Fernandes to what appeared to be a back injury.

But Stanislav Cherchesov's team created plenty of chances and finally broke the deadlock in the second minute of stoppage time.

The only goal in the match was scored by Russia’s attacking midfielder Alexei Miranchuk, who netted the ball into the upper left corner of the opponents’ goal during the 6-minute added time in the first half of the game.

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Russia had chances to seal the win in the second half with Aleksandr Golovin and Rifat Zhemaletdinov but they both just missed the target.

Russia then sat back in the second half, soaking up any pressure from Finland who found it difficult to muster any real chances.

The national team of Turkey failed the opening match of Euro 2020 against Italy; while Wales showed temper in the game with Switzerland. The broadcasting of the match Turkey – Wales starts at at 19:00 and you can watch the game at Football 1 TV channel.

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