Euro 2016 Russia v Slovakia
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Russia v Slovakia Line-ups
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Official squad list
|1||Igor Akinfeev||30||CSKA Moskva|
|2||Roman Shishkin||29||Lokomotiv MSK|
|4||Sergei Ignashevich||36||CSKA Moskva|
|6||Aleksei Berezutski||33||CSKA Moskva|
|14||Vasili Berezutski||33||CSKA Moskva|
|21||Georgi Schennikov||25||CSKA Moskva|
|23||Dmitri Kombarov||29||Spartak Moskva|
|8||Denis Glushakov||29||Spartak Moskva|
|13||Aleksandr Golovin||20||CSKA Moskva|
|15||Roman Shirokov||34||CSKA Moskva|
|19||Aleksandr Samedov||31||Lokomotiv MSK|
|1||Jan Mucha||33||Slovan Bratislava|
|12||Jan Novota||32||Rapid Wien|
|4||Jan Durica||34||Lokomotiv MSK|
|5||Norbert Gyomber 5||23||Roma|
|15||Tomas Hubocan Doubtful||30||Dinamo Moskva|
|11||Adam Nemec||30||Willem II|
Competitive meetings between Russia and Slovakia have been very even as the teams prepare to renew acquaintances in Lille in the second round of UEFA EURO 2016 Group B games.
• The nations met in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying, each losing 1-0 at home.
• Miroslav Stoch was on target for Slovakia in Moscow on 7 September 2010, when the teams were:
Russia: Akinfeev, Anyukov, V Berezutski, Ignashevich (Bilyaletdinov 81), Zhirkov, Semshov (Bystrov 61), Shirokov, Zyryanov, Arshavin, Pogrebnyak (Pavlyuchenko 71), Dzagoev.
Slovakia: Mucha, Škrtel, Hubočan, Zabavník, Karhan (Sapara 73), Štrba, Stoch (Pečalka 90+2), Hološko, Saláta, Hamšík, Kucka (Jendrišek 58).
• On 7 October 2011, Alan Dzagoev scored Russia’s winner in Zilina. The sides were:
Slovakia: Mucha, Pekarík, Škrtel, Ďurica, Karhan (Šebo 86), Stoch, Hološko (Guédé 73), Hubočan, Hamšík, Jendrišek, Kucka (Weiss 73).
Russia: Malafeev, Anyukov, V Berezutski, Ignashevich, Zhirkov (A Berezutski 90+4), Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Arshavin, Pavlyuchenko (Pogrebnyak 87), Dzagoev (Samedov 90+3).
• There had been nothing to choose between the teams either in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, a 1-1 draw in Moscow followed by a goalless stalemate in Bratislava.
• Aleksandr Kerzhakov scored the only goal in the most recent encounter – a St Petersburg friendly in May 2014.
• The Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia both defeated each other en route to claiming their respective European titles. The USSR were 3-0 winners against Czechoslovakia at Marseille’s Stade Vélodrome in the 1960 semi-finals; Czechoslovakia were 4-2 aggregate victors in the 1976 quarter-finals (2-0 home, 2-2 away).
EURO facts – Russia
• This is Russia’s fourth successive EURO final tournament and fifth in six as an independent nation. They have featured in seven of the last eight EUROs, including this edition, appearing as the Soviet Union in 1988 and the Commonwealth of Independent States four years later, before their debut as Russia in 1996.
• The Soviet Union won the first UEFA European Championship in 1960, and finished as runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988. Russia’s best performance since the dissolution of the Soviet Union came in 2008, when they reached the semi-finals.
EURO facts – Slovakia
• While Slovakia have never before competed in a UEFA European Championship final tournament as an independent nation, as part of Czechoslovakia they appeared in three four-team finals.
• Czechoslovakia finished third in 1960 and 1980 and lifted the trophy in 1976. Eight of the 11 players who started the final against West Germany – and triumphed on penalties after a 2-2 draw – hailed from Slovakia.
• Slovakia reached the 2016 finals thanks mainly to wins in their first six Group C qualifiers, a run that included a 2-1 home triumph against Spain – the holders’ first qualifying defeat in 36 matches and nine years.
Coach and player links
• Have played in Russia:
Jan Mucha: Krylya Sovetov Samara (2013–15), Arsenal Tula (2014/15)
Kornel Salata: Rostov (2011–2013), Tom Tomsk (2013/14)
Jan Durica: Saturn Moscow Oblast (2006–08), Lokomotiv Moskva (2009–)
Martin Skrtel: Zenit (2004–08)
Tomas Hubocan: Zenit (2008–14), Dinamo Moskva (2014–)
• Have played together:
Jan Durica (Slovakia) & Roman Shishkin and Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) – Lokomotiv Moskva, 2009–
Tomas Hubocan (Slovakia) & Igor Denisov and Aleksandr Kokorin (Russia) – Dinamo Moskva, 2014–
Kornel Salata (Slovakia) and Artem Dzyuba (Russia) – Rostov, 2013–14
Martin Skrtel (Slovakia) & Igor Denisov (Russia) – Zenit, 2004–08
• Skrtel and Denisov were all part of the Zenit squad that won the Russian title in 2007.
• Former Slovakia coach Vladimír Weiss was in charge of Russian club Saturn Moscow Oblast in 2006/07.