Steve Clarke Baffled with Comeback Defeat against Russia

Scotland coach Steve Clarke claimed that it is up to him to find a solution for the poor performances from the national team. Scotland received a major blow to the hopes of Euro 2020 qualification after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Russia. The team are up against Belgium, who are ranked highest in the world, in the next match. Hence, the prospects of Scotland reaching Euro 2020 through the automatic spots are getting extremely slim. Even though the nation managed to reach the semifinals of the Nations League, their performances have not been great.


Clarke claimed that he was baffled by the inability to take advantage of the early goal from John McGinn. Dzyuba was able to equalise for the visitors just before half-time and own goal from Stephen O’Donnell in the second half was able to put the game in favour of the visitors. Clarke said that he is not sure why his team failed to take the early goal into account and dominate the opposition. After having fallen a large number of points behind Russia, it may be difficult for Scotland to turn around the situation. The team are also in danger of falling behind the likes of Cyprus in the table. Clarke will want to avoid such an embarrassing situation at all costs.
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ATLETICO MADRID DEFEAT LOKOMOTIV MOSCOW

The Champions League group stage matchday two saw Russia outfit Lokomotiv Moscow take on Atletico Madrid in Moscow. The game which was billed to be a tough game for the Spanish side was gritty with several chances for both teams.

The Home team started better with Joao Mario creating a great chance that was spurned by his teammates. Atletico Madrid boss Simeone used an offensive lineup that contained Diego Costa, Morata and Joao Felix.

The Trio caused Lokomotiv problems with Diego Costa spurning the bet chance of the half when faced with an empty net. The former Chelsea forward blazed over the bar when it seemed easier to score.
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Andrey Arshavin fancies Arsenal to make the top four this season

Former Russia international and Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin fancies the Gunners to make the top four of the Premier League this season. The north London outfit were in a good position to make the Champions League places last term but a poor end to the league season combined with the Europa League final defeat saw them miss out on the elite competition.

They have started the current campaign on a positive note with two wins from the opening three games and Arshavin believes the club can compete for the top four without having much of a say on the Premier League title race, he told TalkSPORT: “It’s difficult to replace a guy (Arsene Wenger) who managed the team for more than 20 years. Unai Emery is not in a good position I would say. But I would say the first year was not bad. He is building the team and he needs time. I hope he does well. I think the realistic target is to be in the top four because Manchester City and Liverpool are very strong. They are contenders for the title.”
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Everton boss speaks on the future of CSKA Moscow attacker

Everton manager Marco Silva has said that the club have yet to decide whether Nikola Vlasic would be integrated into the club’s plans for the forthcoming campaign. The Croatia international is currently on a season-long loan with CSKA Moscow where he has impressed with eight goals and seven assists across all competitions.

Speaking to SportKlub, Silva revealed that the Toffees wanted Vlasic to have as much first-team experience as possible and that was the prime reason behind the loan move. He added that the club are watching the proceedings of the 21-year-old and will make the right decision regarding the attacker’s future.
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ZINCHENKO AN UNDERRATED STAR IN MANCHESTER CITY

When it comes to naming the top players in a club with the stature of Manchester City it is easy to mention the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Aguero and Fernandinho. However, one player that has stood out this season is Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The Ukraine international has been impressive when called upon by Guardiola and has put in some good displays at the left-back position.  The 22-year-old was signed in 2016 from Russian side FC Ufa for a transfer fee of £1.7million.
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Romelu Lukaku to Miss Euro 2020 Qualifier against Russia

Russia will be able to breathe a sigh of relief after Belgium national team boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that striker Romelu Lukaku will not be available for the Euro 2020 qualifying match between the two nations. This will be the first qualification match for the Euro 2020 and Lukaku is unavailable due to a foot injury. The Belgian striker was unavailable for Manchester United’s recent match against Wolves, which ended in a defeat in the FA Cup. He does not appear to have recovered in time for this crucial qualifier. However, Martinez has hinted that Lukaku may be available for the second qualifier, which will be against Cyprus, in a few days.

After spending most of the campaign struggling to overcome a goal drought, Lukaku has been in fine form over the last month. He has been able to reclaim his spot at the top of the Manchester United scoring charts this season following a string of goals. So far, he has been able to come up with 12 league goals and this has been largely helped by a brace in the last three matches. Martinez admitted that Lukaku was in a poor run of form, but his current form means that Russia will be quite happy with the news. After back-to-back defeats in which Russia failed to score a goal, Cherchesov will be keen to see his team get a positive start.
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Dinamo Moscow Faltering Season analysis

Dinamo Moscow have been underwhelming in the Russian league this season sitting just a single spot outside the relegation places. This is to be expected after the financial and administrative mess the club found themselves in recent years.

Having qualified for the Europa League 3 seasons ago the Russian club was thrown into turmoil when UEFA kicked the club out of the tournament for breaching FFP regulations.
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Russia needs to improve

Russia international player Yuri Zhirkov believes that the national team needs to improve on the international scene. He said that the team performance was really bad at the last World Cup and it is important that the federation work on that.

The former Dynamo Moscow player said that there is so much potential in Russia but it is sad that it is not exploited at the maximum. He believes that the Russian football federation should be investing more money in the development of grassroots football so as to help the national team in the long run.
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Oleg Shatov admits Zenit St Petersburg are determined to beat Rubin Kazan

Zenit St Petersburg star Oleg Shatov has indicated that team are eager to secure a victory over Rubin Kazan during their final home game of the calendar year. The Russian heavyweights are currently leading their league standings with a two-point gap over Krasnodar and they have the opportunity to maintain the advantage against a defensively-minded Kazan this weekend.

Speaking to reporters, Shatov highlighted that the team want to play with full dedication for the club’s supporters with the weekend game being the final one before the long winter break. However, the midfielder acknowledges that the club have a tricky contest against Kazan who have drawn 10 of their 16 league matches and they cannot expect an easy ride over the weekend.
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RELISHING ARSHAVIN’S FOUR GOALS AGAINST LIVERPOOL

Former Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin, who was the first player to score four goals at Anfield in more than 60 years, has officially announced his retirement from professional football.

That game against Liverpool in 2009 which ended in a high scoring 4-4 draw will live long in the memories of Arsenal fans, and will be right up there with the very best. In fact, when you think of the all-time greatest Premier League games in the past 30 years, this tie has to up there. Continue reading “RELISHING ARSHAVIN’S FOUR GOALS AGAINST LIVERPOOL”