Russia revives its hopes in the European Championship by crossing Finland

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St Petersburg – Reuters
Alexei Miranchuk scored a goal in first-half overtime to lead Russia to a 1-0 win over Finland in Group B, and get back on track at Euro 2020 on Wednesday.
Russia, which has remained unbeaten against Finland since their first match in 1912, managed to compensate for the defeat in the opening round against Belgium, making the competition open in this group.
Finland, who beat Denmark 1-0 in a match affected by Christian Eriksen’s fall and loss of consciousness, almost got off to a great start when Joel Pohianpalo thought he had scored the lead in the fifth minute with a powerful header, but the goal was ruled out by VAR.
Russia, backed by thousands of fans at home, dominated most of the first half, while Finland played more defensively.
However, Finland created two chances through Bohianpalo and Timo Pukki, but goalkeeper Matvey Safonov, who entered the starting line-up, successfully entered.
Despite the injury of Mario Fernandez in the 26th minute after a strong fall, Russia was not affected and continued the pressure, and substitute Vyacheslav Kravaev almost scored from close range after participating in a few minutes.
Russia reaped the rewards of going forward in stoppage time, when Miranchuk grabbed the ball inside the penalty area and fired a left-footed shot into the upper corner of Russia’s first shot on goal.
Finland pushed with all its might in the second half, but could not find the net, and Pukki missed two chances to equalize, but the Finland attack allowed Russia to launch counterattacks and Daler Kozyev fired a powerful shot that goalkeeper Lukas Hradsky brilliantly saved.
Coach Stanislav Cherchesov’s team advanced to second place in the group with three points, ahead of Finland in the direct confrontation, and Belgium tops the group after winning 3-0 over Russia in the first round, and it will face Denmark on Thursday.




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