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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Marco Silva confirms Nikola Vlasic could return after Russian stint

Marco Silva has confirmed that Nikola Vlasic could have a future with Everton once he returns from his season-long loan with Russian giants Spartak Moscow. The 21-year-old joined the Toffees from Hajduk Split during the summer of 2017 but he did not have the best of debut seasons as he managed just 11 matches under three different managers.

With the appointment of Silva, Vlasic was offered a temporary switch to Russia as he could not assure him of regular gametime and the Croatian has certainly taken the opportunity with both hands with a flourishing start to the season which has included a Champions League winner against Real Madrid.

Speaking to reporters, Silva said that there is every possibility of the attacker making a name for himself with the Toffees once he returns from the temporary stint, he said: “It’s possible. Me and him, when we spoke, he needed time to play. He could return to our club. He is playing well. We will follow him and take that decision. He is playing well and that is important because he is our player.”
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Spartak Moscow Midfielder Joins Sevilla

Russian Premier league has been dealt with a blow after the loss ofQuincy Promes from Spartak Moscow. The Dutch international has decided to move to La Liga outfit Sevilla and he has been able to convince the Russian Premier league team to sell – even when his contract runs for the next three years at the least. The 26-year-old was the top scorer for Spartak Moscow last season and his departure is a major blow for the club. This does spell good news for the likes of Dynamo Moscow, who will be looking to take advantage of with some impressive set of results in the league.

Spartak management has revealed that they have decided to accept the offer after considering the player’s wish to play for Sevilla. Since he has been extremely crucial to the successes achieved by Spartak Moscow in the last couple of years, they have decided not to stand in his way. It is reported that Spartak Moscow have agreed a fee of around € 20 million for the transfer of the midfielder. After moving to the Russian team in 2017, the midfielder came up with 66 goals in just 135 matches. Last season, he contributed 15 goals in the league and ended up as the top scorer in the league. This helped him pick up the Player of the Year title last season.
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