Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
David faces Goliath Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle as minnows San Marino and Russia take on each other in their last Euro 2020 qualifying match. The Russians booked their place at the next year’s showpiece tournament without any difficulties, but they failed to impress in a 4-1 loss to Belgium on Saturday evening.
Stanislav Cherchesov’s troops aim to finish their qualifying campaign in style and since San Marino have been serving as a cannon fodder for their rivals in Group I, anything but a routine away win will be a major surprise. Russia are determined to bounce back from the heavy defeat to the Red Devils, which is probably the main reason why we predict the visitors are going to crush the minnows in Serravalle. You should bear in mind that Russia hammered San Marino 9-0 when the two teams met in Saransk earlier in the process.
Highlighted Player (Alan Dzagoev):
Alan Dzagoev is a Russian footballer who plays for CSKA Moscow. Dzagoev began his youth career at Yunost Vladikavkaz and he played for Konoplyov football academy during his youth career as well. In 2006 Dzagoev started his senior career at Krylia Sovetov, with the attacking midfielder scoring six goals in 37 appearances for the club.
In 2008 Dzagoev moved to CSKA Moscow and he has been playing for the capital club ever since. In 2016 he won his third Russian Premier League title with CSKA and, speaking of his individual awards, Dzagoev was named Russian Premier League best young player in 2008. Dzagoev was born in Beslan (Soviet Union) on June 17, 1990 and he made his debut for the Russian national football team in October 2018 against Russia.
The CSKA midfielder scored his first international goal in October, 2010, in a 3-2 victory over Republic of Ireland in the EURO 2012 qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Russia):
While they won the 1960 European Championship, while losing in the final in 1964, 1972 and 1988 as Soviet Union, Russia have enjoyed little success since starting to compete as an independent country in 1992.
Their best result up to date is the third-placed finish at the Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, while the team failed to get past the group stage at the World Cup finals in three attempts. However, with Russian Premier League getting stronger by the day, the national team have started to improve as well, and they now finally seem capable of matching the world’s top sides.
The new generation includes high-quality footballers such as Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Kokorin, Artyom Dzyuba and Oleg Shatov, while the likes of Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich, Roman Shirokov and Yuri Zhirkov are nearing the closing stages of their careers. But, with plenty of exciting talent coming through the ranks, future definitely looks bright for the Russia national team.