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Russia aim to recapture early form

Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011, 2.00CET
Russia will look to regain lost ground in UEFA EURO 2012 Group B having missed a host of chances against Armenia back on 26 March, when the game finished goalless.
Russia aim to recapture early form
Russia must regain their early form to return to the top of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group B ©AFP

Tournament statistics

RussiaArmenia

Goals scored17
 
22
Total attempts164
 
162
Attempts on target59
 
65
Attempts off target73
 
70
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork2
 
2
Corners69
 
53
Offsides27
 
13
Yellow cards19
 
19
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed147
 
133
Fouls suffered135
 
145
 
Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011, 2.00CET

Russia aim to recapture early form

Russia will look to regain lost ground in UEFA EURO 2012 Group B having missed a host of chances against Armenia back on 26 March, when the game finished goalless.

Russia will look to regain lost ground in UEFA EURO 2012 Group B having missed a host of chances against Armenia back on 26 March.

• Vardan Minasyan's men could have taken the lead on 19 minutes had Igor Akinfeev not repelled Marcos Pizzelli's long shot, but Roman Berezovsky was to be the busier goalkeeper therafter. He saved from Yuri Zhirkov before Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksandr Kerzhakov and Roman Shirokov all missed decent chances for Dick Advocaat's side.

• Russia are one of three teams on 10 points at the top of Group B, but Armenia – fourth and unbeaten in four qualifiers – would move above them with a win in St Petersburg.

• Russia have won all four of their competitive games in the former Leningrad without conceding a goal, most recently beating Liechtenstein 3-0 in FIFA World Cup qualifying on 5 September 2009.

• Armenia and Russia have met only twice before this campaign, having been pooled together in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2000. Their first encounter was in Yerevan on 27 March 1999, two Valeri Karpin goals and a late third by Vladimir Beschastnykh earning the visitors a 3-0 win.

• Beschastnykh and Karpin – now coach of FC Spartak Moskva – scored a goal apiece as Russia won the rematch 2-0 on 4 September 1999. Armenia have thus never managed to score against Russia.

Last updated: 01/06/11 11.41CET

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