Aleksey Miranchuk scored a spectacular goal to give Russia their first win in the Euro 2020 over Finland. The latter could have secured qualification after their win against Denmark on the opening matchday. That match was marred by the collapse of Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen.
Finland believed they took the lead after Joel Pohjanpalo headed home just three minutes into the game. His effort was then ruled out for offside by VAR. Russia then dominated the rest of the half with Miranchuk curling home a spectacular effort in injury time. Finland put up a decent display in the second half although Russia had the better of the chances. Rifat Zhemaletdinov and Daler Kuzyaev both missed opportunities for the Russians.
Finland: Hradecky (7), Toivio (6), Arajuuri (6), O’Shaughnessy (7), Raitala (6), Schuller (6), Kamara (7), Uronen (7), Lod (6), Pohjanpalo (8), Pukki (7).
Subs used: Kauko (5), Soiri (6), Lappalanien (6), Jensen (n/a).
Russia: Safonov (6), Fernandes (7), Diveev (6), Jikia (7), Kuzyaev (7), Zobnin (6), Barinov (6), Ozdoev (7), Miranchuk (8), Dzyuba (6), Golovin (6).
Subs used: Karavev (6), Zhemaletdinov (7),Sobolev (n/a), Mukhin (n/a).
Man of the match: Aleksey Miranchuk.
Finland coach Markku Kanerva: “We defended well and going forward we improved on our display against Denmark.” Kanerva said. “We didn’t manage to score but we had good situations: some shots that went narrowly wide, others were blocked. It was a really close game. We were looking for a win or at least one point, which we may be deserved.”
Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov: “The players were a real team today. They fulfilled what they had to do and got the win.” Cherchesov said. “The formation I chose, I think, was right. To break down their defense we needed to use the wings and we did. The plan worked. I supported Miranchuk’s decision to move to Europe, to get out of his comfort zone and play in one of the world’s best leagues.”