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Russia will look to recover from their opening loss in the group game against Belgium when they take on Finland in St Petersburg this afternoon.

Finland won their first game with Denmark 1–0 but the game was spoiled by Christian Eriksson’s fall on the pitch in Copenhagen.

  • start time: 2 p.m. GMT
  • TV/Live Stream: BBC One/iPlayer
  • Finland XI: Haradeki, Arazuri, O’Shaughnessy, Hope, Kamara, Lod, Buck, Schuler, Uronan, Pohjanpalo, Raitala
  • Russia XI: Safonov, Fernandes, Diveev, Ozdov, Barinov, Zobin, Dzhikiya, Miranchuk, Golovin, Dzuba, Kuzayev

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    Here are the teams!!!

    St Petersburg Stadium is all set to host the Euro 2020 match between Russia and Finland.

    The Russians are being led onto the pitch by captain Artem Dzuba, while Paulus Arazuri dons his club armband.

    There are a lot of fans at the stands so we are expecting some atmosphere.

    Not long to go now!

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    Like Teemu Pukki, Zenit St Petersburg star Artem Dzuba has also set a special record of his own.

    Dzhuba is only three goals away from overtaking Aleksandr Kerzhakov as Russia’s record goalscorer.

    The striker has scored a total of 29 goals in 53 matches for his country in all competitions.

    The 32-year-old has also been impressive during his six-year stint at Zenit, where he scored 95 goals and 60 assists in 210 appearances.

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    T-ing UP

    Norwich star Teemu Pukki has become Finland’s biggest star ahead of today’s Euro 2020 match against Russia.

    Pucci is coming off another impressive season with the Canaries as he finished as the championship’s third top scorer with 26 goals in 41 matches.

    But the striker is after much more records as he is only three goals away from overtaking Jari Littmann, famed as Finland’s record goalscorer.

    So far, the 31-year-old has scored 30 goals in 92 caps for his national team

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    ericsson update

    Denmark international Christian Eriksson confirmed he is “fine – under the circumstances” after suffering a cardiac arrest during his country’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland last week.

    Former Tottenham star Ericsson is in good spirits and has thanked fans, managers, pundits as well as fellow footballers for their well wishes.

    The Inter Milan ace posted a selfie in which he was giving a thumbs up on Instagram and captioned it with: “Hello everyone.

    “Thank you so much for your lovely and wonderful greetings and messages from around the world.

    “It means a lot to me and my family.

    “I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some exams in the hospital, but I feel fine.

    “Now, I will encourage the boys of Denmark team in the next matches. Play for the whole of Denmark. Best, Christian”

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    Russia formation

    Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov seems to have opted for a 4-3-3 formation with three changes to the side that lost to Belgium last week.

    Matvey Safonov replaced Anton Shunin in the goal, while Mario Fernandes started from right-back with Daler Kuzayev on the other side, while Georgi Jikia and Igor Diveev link up for Andrey Semenov, at centre-back.

    Roman Zobin. Dmitry Barinov and Magomed Ozdov team up in midfield.

    Alexei Miranchuk, who replaces Yuri Zhirkov, Aleksandr Golovin and Artem Dzuba lead the attack

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    Finland Formation

    Finland manager Markku Kanerva appears to have opted for a 3-4-1-2 formation with only one change in the squad that beat Denmark last week.

    Lukas Heradeki opened the goal with Daniel O’Shaughnessy, captain Paulus Arazuri and Juna Toivio on the defensive.

    Jukka Raitala plays with Jere Uronan on the other side at right wing-back, while Glenn Kamara and Rasmus Schuler, who replaces Tim Sparv, join in midfield.

    Robin Laud plays behind the attacking pair of Joel Pohjanpalo and Timu Pukki

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    Russian bench

    1 Shunin, 4 Karvayev, 5 Semyonov, 6 Cheryshev, 9 Sobolev, 10 Zabolotny, 12 Dupin, 19 Zemletdinov 21 Fomin, 24 Yevgenev, 25 Makarov, 26 Mukhin

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    Finland bench

    5 l. Vesenan, 9 Jensen, 12 Joronen, 13 Soiri, 14 Sparv, 17 Alho, 19 Kouko, 21 Lappalainen, 23 Jakkola, 24 Valakri, 25 Ivanov, 26 Force

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    Russia XI

    Safonov, Fernandes, Diveev, Dzhikiya, Kuzyev, Zobin, Barinov, Ozdoyev, Miranchuk, Golovin, Dzuba

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    Finland XI

    1 hrdeki; 3 O’Shaughnessy, 2 Arazuri, 4 Hope; 18 Uronen, 6 Kamara, 11 Shuler, 8 Lod, 22 Ratala; 10 pukki, 20 pohjanpalo

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    Teams are in the sheet!!!

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    Russia statistics

    A brace from Romelu Lukaku and a goal from Thomas Meunier saw Russia suffer a massive 3-0 defeat to Belgium in their Euro 2020 opener in St Petersburg last week.

    Stanislav Cherchesov’s men advanced to Euro 2020 by finishing second in their qualifying group below Belgium and beating Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino.

    Russia are still looking for their first win in the competition since June 2012 when they beat the Czech Republic 4–1 in the group stage.

    Russia’s recent run gives them reason to be confident as they have won three of their last six matches, losing twice along the way

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    Finland statistics

    Finland’s Euro 2020 campaign started with a 1-0 win over Denmark thanks to the winner of Joel Pohjanpalo.

    The Finnish national team advanced to the European Championships after finishing second in their qualifying group behind Italy and outperforming the likes of Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia and Liechtenstein.

    This is their first appearance at the tournament awarded this summer and thus last week’s dramatic encounter also ended as their inaugural win in the competition.

    It also ended a six-match winless run, losing them four times along the way.

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    Face to face

    Finland and Russia’s first encounter took place in 1995 during a Euro 1996 qualifier in Helsinki, where the visitors won a decisive 6–0 victory.

    Since then, the two sides have faced off a total of four times, with the Russians winning all.

    The Finnish national team has some bad memories from their previous meetings with today’s opponents as they scored a total of 15 goals and only one in the process.

    This is the first time the two countries have met in a major international tournament.

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    good afternoon from st petersburg

    Welcome to our live coverage of the Euro 2020 group stage match between Finland and Russia at the St Petersburg Stadium.

    The Scandinavians returned to action after shocking scenes in Copenhagen last week when Denmark international Christian Eriksson collapsed on the pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest.

    Thankfully, Inter Milan star Ericsson regained consciousness and is now in stable condition and waiting to undergo some more tests before leaving the hospital.

    Finland manager Marku Kanerva is likely to field the same starting line-up as on Saturday, but it will depend on the players’ mind.

    Chievo ace Souli Vaisenen withdrew from the competition with Denmark ahead of the opener with a muscle injury, while Nikolai Aalho expressed a slight doubt due to an ankle sprain.

    Kanerva may have to wait on Jukka Raitala’s fitness as the left back made a late comeback with a calf problem against the Denmark national team.

    Norwich star Teemu Pukki is expected to lead the line once again with Bayer Leverkusen indebted Joel Pohjanpalo.

    Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov, on the other hand, will be without Zenit St Petersburg star Yuri Zhirkov, who has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to a calf injury, as well as Andrey Mostovoy, who tested positive for coronavirus.

    Daler Kuzayev has trained with the rest of the team despite his head-on collision with Timothy Castagne during last week’s match against Belgium.

    Manager Cherchesov is also confident about the fitness of CSKA Moscow’s Igor Dyaev and Antalyaspor’s Fyodor Kudryashov.

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