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EUFA Lines - Russia Starting Strong

Posted by Elio Masi on 6/11/2012 8:16:07 PM

UEFA Lines – Russia Starting Strong

It is one thing to start the European Cup on a good note with a UEFA lines victory, it is another entirely to dismantle a team like Russia did to the Czech Republic yesterday afternoon. Cruising to a 4-1 victory, the Russians proved why they are no longer the team they were four years prior. At the UEFA lines Euro 2008, the Russians fell 4-1 to the eventual Champions, Spain, and lost much confidence because of it. However, they’ve proven this year exactly why they are being called the dark horses of the tournament with a huge win over a fairly good team.

Their big three attackers; Alan Dzagoev, Andrey Arshavin and Aleksandr Kerzhakov, moved the ball with such finesse and fluidity, they practically leaked through the Czech’s defense. They maintained possession of the ball for a large part of the game and were able to generate chances largely due to Igor Denisov.

Russia’s captain, Arshavin, had a great game for the red, white and blue, despite having a difficult time playing in the English Premiere League with Arsenal this year. He excelled in Russia’s opener and proved why he deserved a spot on the roster. Dick Advocaat, Russia’s coach, raved of his performance following the victory; “I think Andrey had a really good game and was trying hard throughout the match. I am really pleased with his performance.”

Dzagoev’s two goals definitely helped catapult their confidence and allowed them to play with that Russian swagger we’ve seen in so many other stages in different sports. Oddly enough, a couple months prior, his participation in the UEFA lines Euro Cup was questionable due to a broken bone in his foot. With Marat Izmailov slowly closing in on his spot on the roster, Dick Advocaat almost opted to switch out Dzagoev for the Czech UEFA lines game. Two goals and man of the match honors later, I’m sure Advocaat is proud of his decision to go with Dzagoev. Dzagoev had this to say following his stellar performance; “It was very difficult after my injury and I was only given a chance after Marat picked up an injury in the game with Italy. I would really like to thank my coach for giving me a chance.”

With such great performances put forth by a number of their key guys, the Russians have surely built up a load of confidence and will look to utilize it in their remaining two matches against Greece and Poland. Their next test will come on Tuesday against Poland, the co-hosts of the UEFA lines tournament that had a great start in their first half but slowed as the game against Greece went on.

Elio’s Edge
I like Russia’s chances against Poland. If they are able to get the same offensive outpour from their forwards and midfielders, they should grab another key 3 points and pretty much clinch a birth to the next UEFA lines stage. Going with a 3-0 finish for the dark horse Russians on Tuesday.

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