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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 June, 2004, 10:41 GMT 11:41 UK
Lineker's tournament verdict: Russia

By Gary Lineker
BBC's Match of the Day presenter

Can anybody tell me the last time the Russians played well in a major tournament? Thought not.

And can anyone believe Peter Schmeichel tipped the Russians to do well? That's a no as well.

They looked shoddy against Spain and Portugal, so I was surprised they only conceded three goals in those games.

But, as is their custom, when their Euro dreams were over and chances of qualification were over, they pulled off a surprise win against Greece.

It leaves me baffled, but clearly not all was well within the Russian camp.

Star player Alexander Mostovoi was sent home mid-tournament for questioning coach Georgie Yartsev and they rarely clicked as a team.





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