Russia - Group B
Russia have only once got out of the group stages in the European Championships - an Andreyi Arshavin inspired semi-final appearance in 2008, and they consistently disappoint in the major tournaments.
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Beaten home and away by Austria in qualification, Leonid Slutsky’s men need to improve quickly if they’re to make any impact on Euro 2016. Slutsky took over from Fabio Capello midway through the qualification campaign and results towards the back-end of the group stages have shown signs of improvements. Reaching the knockout phases of the competition should be within reach, though England and Wales will think otherwise.
In the group stages, they won 6 games, drew 2 and lost 2, scoring 21 goals, conceding 5 and ending up with a +16 goal difference.
In the draw for the main event, Russia were placed in Group B, alongside England, Wales and Slovakia.
June 11 vs. England 7pm – Stade Velodrome, Marseille
June 15 vs. Slovakia 1pm – Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille
June 20 vs. Wales 7pm – Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
During qualification, Russia scored 18 goals, and were awarded a 3-0 win following crowd trouble during their match against Montenegro.
Their goal scorers were:
- Artyom Dzyuba (8)
- Aleksandr Kokorin (3)
- Alan Dzagoev (1)
- Sergei Ignashevich (1)
- Dmitri Kombarov (1)
- Oleg Kuzmin (1)
- Fyodor Smolov (1)
- Own goals (2)
Qualification Stat Truths:
- Only qualifier not to score a headed goal in qualifying.
- One of four sides at the finals not to have conceded more than once in a match during qualifying.
- Caught opponents offside more often than any other team at the finals: 3.1 times per match.
All data based on Russia’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign. Courtesy of the Press Association.