As we played the Russian national team players in a friendly match with Lithuania
At the final stage of preparation for the final stage of the European Football Championship of the Russian national team coaches have planned three exhibition games. The first of them - with the Uruguayan team - was held in Moscow and a meeting with the Lithuanian national team was the second in the series. It took place on May 29th in the Swiss city of Nyon, a small stadium, located next to the headquarters of UEFA.
On this day, 31st birthday one of the leaders of the Russian team - Andrei Arshavin. Before the game, the attacking midfielder came on for fifteen minutes to lie down on the grass. This pre-match event is most remembered intending spectators in the stands. A game is not started in a relaxed manner - in the first four minutes of the opponents created chances to score three times. First Lithuanian defender unsuccessfully interrupted Arshavin pass, sending the ball into the crossbar own goal. Then Chesnauskis powerful shot on goal the Russians, but also fell only in the frame, and then made a mistake of our defense, and Igor Akinfeev with great difficulty stopping Lithuanian Schyarnasa. Besides Igor appeared in the starting lineup left-back Dmitri Kombarov and striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov, other changes were not compared to the previous match. In the first quarter of the game the team has created several opportunities to open an account, and not having achieved result, have become much more likely to break the rules in a power struggle. Dangerous moments before the break, no longer arise. Dick Advocaat has released the second half just four new players - Zhirkov, Kokorin, Pavlyuchenko and Dzagoev, who replaced Kombarova, Izmailov, Kerzhakov and Zyryanov. Unusually looked yield the right attacking midfielder Dzagoev instead of "opornika" Zyryanov. However, these shifts did not produce results, and Lithuanians Schyarnas Radavičius and were again able to create a couple of dangerous moments, slightly hitting the goal frame. Active Schyarnas had another opportunity to finish the ball into the goal after our goalkeeper has released him from the hand after hitting the same Radavičius. After 72 minutes, instead of damage received by Roman Shirokov on the left, Igor Semshov. The game is over and no goals scored, leaving the fans of our team of specialists and unsatisfied as active players. This applies particularly to the defensive lines - too much, they allowed his opponent in this match. Of the advantages can be noted, perhaps, only proactive Alan Dzagoev, who, however, had no effect on the scoreboard. But we should not forget that it was only one of the training matches the preparatory phase.