Our football match prediction:
Tuesday’s football game at Stadion im Akhmat-Hadji Kadyrova pits together Russia and Romania. It has been eight years since the two teams last met in a friendly game and back then Romania hammered Russia 3-0. The Russian aim to get their revenge on the Romanians and we predict that the hosts will fight tooth and nail in Tuesday’s friendly. Stanislav Cherchesov’s men do not take part in the World Cup qualifiers as they will host the showpiece tournament and, no doubt, the experienced tactician will use upcoming warm-up games to test as many players as possible. Romania coach Christoph Daum is likely to rest his key players against Russia and, taking everything into account, home win appears on the horizon. A man to watch in the home team will be Zenit Sankt Petersburg attacker Artem Dzyuba, who scored a brace in a 4-3 loss to Costa Rica.
Highlighted Player (Denis Cherychev):
Probably the most famous Russian footballer never to have played for a domestic club, Denis Cheryshev was born in Nizhny Novgorod, but began his career at Sporting Gijon as his father played for the Spanish side at the time. The talented winger eventually caught the eye of Real Madrid and went on to spend eight years in the youth academy at Santiago Bernabeu before he was given a chance to impress on senior level. Due to a fierce competition for places in Madrid, Cheryshev was forced to gain much needed first team experience via loan spells at Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia, and he showed a great deal of potential during those stints, proving los Blancos were wrong to let him leave. Chersyhev has been in and out of the Russia national team since making his debut in 2012, but there is a good chance he will become an important member of Sbornaya Komanda as soon as he secures regular playing time at club level. The Russian footballer is capable of operating on either wing or through the middle, and he has proved to be quite prolific in terms of both goals and assists.
Highlighted Team (Romania):
Romania were one of just four European sides to take part at the first ever World Cup in 1930, and the team have since achieved respectable results on the international stage, albeit failing to challenge for major trophies. Led by arguably their best ever footballer Gheorghe Hagi, the Tricolorii narrowly missed out on the semi-finals at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, losing to Sweden on penalties. Romania made a total of seven appearances at the World Cup finals, while qualifying for five European Championship tournaments. The Tricolorii went the farthest in 2000, when they were eliminated by Italy in the quarter-finals. Tied at the top of the goalscoring charts, Gheorghe Hagi and Adrian Mutu are the only two Romanian footballers to have gained worldwide recognition, but Dorinel Munteanu, Dan Petrescu, Gheorghe Popescu and Viorel Moldovan are also worth mention. Romania play their home games at the Arena National in Bucarest.