The only goal and victory for the Russian national team was scored by Alexei Miranchuk.
With this victory, the Russian team won its first 3 points in the European Championship; Finland’s tally also stood at 3 points.
The match started with an enthusiastic performance by the Finnish team, who entered the match in high spirits, after winning the first match at the expense of the Danish team (1-0) in Copenhagen.
On the other hand, the Russian team entered the match with the aim of compensation, after losing 3-0 in the first round against the Belgian team.
In the fourth minute, the Finnish team scored a goal through Joel Bohjanpalo with a distinctive header, but the referee canceled the goal for offside.
With the passage of time, the Finnish team continued to put pressure on its opponent, while the Russian team seemed besieged in its stadium and among its fans, who came in limited numbers to the St. Petersburg stadium.
The Russian team had to make its first substitution in the match in the 23rd minute, after defender Mario Fernandez was injured, to be replaced by Vyacheslav Kraviev.
In the 31st minute, the Russian team’s first attempt came, as midfielder Alexander Golovin headed a header towards goalkeeper Lukas Hardecki, but it did not pose a threat to Finland’s goal.
The Russian team managed to score the goal in the third minute of stoppage time for the first half, when veteran striker Artem Dzyuba passed the ball to Alexei Miranchuk, to hit a wonderful ball in the far right corner of goalkeeper Hardiki, scoring the game’s only goal.
The rest of the first half minutes did not witness anything new, so the referee blew his final whistle with Russia leading (1-0).
With the beginning of the second half, the Finnish team tried to adjust the result, but it collided with a strong defense from the Russian side, where the attempts of Timo Pukki or his colleague Bohjanpalo did not pass.
On the other hand, Aleksandr Golovin and veteran striker Dzyuba posed a great threat to the Finnish defense and Haradiki’s goalkeeper.
In the 72nd minute, Daler Kozyev, a player for the Russian national team, fired a powerful shot from outside the penalty area, but Haradiki saved the ball brilliantly.
The rest of the second half minutes of the match passed without anything new, so the referee blew the whistle at the end of the match, with the Russian team winning (1-0) over his Finnish counterpart.