Russia laments winless streak days before World Cup

Russia laments winless streak days before World Cup

Russia laments winless streak days before World Cup

Midfielders: Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev (both CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov (both Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal). "Russia will perform well", he insisted at the news conference after the match with Turkey.

However, Vitaly Mutko, who was once the head of Russian Football Union but temporarily stepped down after he was linked to state-sponsored doping programmes, was not disturbed by the result. After beating Dynamo Moscow 3-0 they lost 3-0 to Brazil before a 3-1 defeat to France and a 1-0 defeat to Austria. "I believe our team is moving in the right direction", he added. "I don't grieve for Cherchesov and his plans", former Manchester United star and Russian global Andrei Kanchelskis told Sport Express.

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Get set for a month of the lovely game as the World Cup begins in Russian Federation, where current holders Germany will be defending their title against the world's greatest players. "There was no balance between the attack and defence".

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