England and Russia met in their second group game at UEFA Women's EURO 2009 and played out a thriller that so nearly changed the course of the tournament.
• England played three games against the former Soviet Union. There was a 1-1 draw in Blaine in August 1990 and in September 1991 England won 2-0 in Brighton and lost 3-1 in Southampton.
• It was a decade until England met an independent Russia in their opening game at UEFA Women's EURO 2001 in Jena, Germany. Russia came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Hope Powell's side, which included Rachel Unitt and Sue Smith with Kelly Smith coming off the bench.
• The next three meetings were friendlies. On 21 June 2003 they drew 2-2 in Moscow, Russia coming from two behind with goals from 16-year-olds Elena Danilova and, in the last minute, Elena Terekhova. Also in the Russia team were Elena Morozova and Natalia Pertseva with Rachel Brown, Casey Stoney, Unitt, Fara Williams, Rachel Yankey, Sue Smith and Kelly Smith playing a part for England.
• On 19 August 2004 Russia won 2-1 in Bristol with a last-gasp goal, having fallen behind to a Williams strike. Stoney, Unitt, Sue Smith and Yankey were also in the England team.
• England warmed up for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup with a 6-0 defeat of Russia in Milton Keynes on 8 March. Alex Scott, Eniola Aluko, Karen Carney and Kelly Smith scored before the break with Yankey and Stoney adding second-half goals. Also in Powell's side were Brown, Anita Asante and Williams; Ksenia Tsybutovich, Anna Kozhnikova, Maria Dyachkova, Morozova, Olga Petrova, Olesya Kurochkina and Valentina Savchenkova represented Russia.
Selected previous meeting
28 August 2009: England 3-2 Russia (Carney 24, Aluko 32, K Smith 42; Tsybutovich 2, Kurochkina 22) – Helsinki Football Stadium, Helsinki, UEFA Women's EURO 2009 group stage
England: Brown, A Scott, Unitt, Johnson, F White, F Williams, Chapman, Carney, K Smith, S Smith (Clarke 66), Aluko.
Russia: Kochneva, Skotnikova, Shmachkova, Savchenkova, Fomina (Barbashina 76), Kurochkina, Poryadina (Myskiv 90+5), Pertseva, Danilova (Petrova 43), Tsybutovich, Morozova.
• Both teams had lost their opening group game and England knew defeat would end their hopes, so were in trouble when they fell 2-0 down. But they quickly rallied and Kelly Smith's strike from the halfway line gave them a lead they never lost. England were to reach the final, Russia exited from the group.
• Russia were 2-1 victors against England in the 2005 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship group stage. Danilova struck the winner in Hungary with three minutes left after her first goal had been cancelled out by Aluko.
• Elvira Todua, Kozhnikova, Terekhova, Morozova, Tsybutovich, Olesya Mashina and substitutes Petrova and Nadezhda Kharchenko also played a part while England also included Carney, Jill Scott and Stephanie Houghton.
• England began qualifying with a surprise 2-2 draw in Serbia, having been two up and, although they were held 0-0 in the Netherlands, beat the Dutch 1-0 in Manchester to end up top.
• Most of the England team were in Powell's Great Britain Olympic squad that reached the quarter-finals on home soil, having made the same stage at the 2011 World Cup before a penalty shoot-out defeat by France.
• England's run to the 2009 final (lost 6-2 to Germany) was their best since reaching the inaugural two-legged 1984 decider. Powell was part of a team that lost 1-0 to Sweden in Gothenberg and won the return 1-0 in Luton only to be defeated on penalties.
• Russia were forced into a play-off for the third Women's EURO qualifying running after two group losses to Italy. As in 2009 they came through, beating Austria 2-0 away and drawing 1-1 at home.
• While Russia have gone out in the EURO group stage at all three attempts (1997, 2001 and 2009) in their two World Cup appearances (1999 and 2003) they have made it to the quarter-finals.
• In the 2005/06 UEFA Women's Cup second qualifying round Arsenal LFC beat LADA Toliatti 1-0 in Copenhagen. Kelly Smith, Alex Scott and Yankey lined up for Arsenal against Morozova.
• A year later at the same stage Arsenal defeated FC Rossiyanka 5-4 in Krasnoarmeysk, knocking out the Russian side. Kelly Smith, Alex Scott, Asante, Chapman and Yankey faced Tsybutovich, Morozova and Kozhnikova.
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