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Tsybutovich edges Russia past Norway

Norway 2-3 Russia
Sergei Lavrentyev's side came from 2-1 down at the break to win in Oslo thanks to a second-half double from Ksenia Tsybutovich.

Ksenia Tsybutovich scored twice in Russia's victory
Ksenia Tsybutovich scored twice in Russia's victory ©Getty Images

Ksenia Tsybutovich scored twice in the second half as Russia completed their preparations for UEFA Women's EURO 2013 with a 3-2 win in Oslo against fellow finalists Norway.

Caroline Hansen struck early in either half for the hosts, but the first was cancelled out swiftly by Nelli Korovkina before Tsybutovich responded to Russia's second deficit by turning the contest on its head.

Russia coach Sergei Lavrentyev selected a strong line-up – only goalkeeper Elvira Todua was missing as she continued her recovery from a shoulder injury – following their three-week training camp in Novogorsk. Second-choice goalkeeper Yulia Grichenko was picking the ball out of her net after just two minutes, though, thanks to Hansen.

However, the visitors were level six minutes later through Korovkina's precise shot. Norway were the greater attacking force, offering more creativity and threat, but they had to wait until after the restart to move 2-1 ahead when Hansen expertly turned in a cross.

This time Russia required a mere minute to equaliser as captain Tsybutovich headed in. The turnaround was completed on the hour mark as Tsybutovich converted the rebound after her penalty had been saved.

Russia open their finals campaign against France on Friday before facing England and Spain in Group C. Norway begin a day earlier when they take on Iceland and complete Group B with games versus the Netherlands and Germany.

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