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Thursday, 20 June, 2002, 23:02 GMT 00:02 UK

RUSSIA

Russians may look abroad
Two Russian oil executives offer to pay for a foreign coach to transform their national side.

Captain defends coaches
Russia captain Victor Onopko refuses to blame Oleg Romantsev and his coaching team for Russia's failure in the Far East.

Romantsev quits
Oleg Romantsev resigns as Russia's head coach after his team's dismal showing.

Kanchelskis criticises coaches
Former international Andrei Kanchelskis rounds on Russia's coaching staff after their World Cup exit.

Belgium knock out Russia
Belgium face Brazil in the second round of the World Cup after a thrilling 3-2 win over Russia.

Russia accept defeat
Russia assistant coach Sergei Pavlov admits his side did not deserve to win their match against Belgium.

Clockwatch: Belgium 3-2 Russia
All the action as Belgium defeat Russia to reach the second round of the tournament.

Waseige hits back
Belgium coach Robert Waseige answers his critics after they beat Russia to clinch a second-round tie with Brazil.

Injured Daev heads home
Russian coach Oleg Romantsev's squad is depleted as Viacheslav Dayev gives up the battle with his leg injury.

Inamoto makes history
Japan's 1-0 win over Russia, their first in World Cup finals, throws Group H wide open.

Moscow riot prompts World Cup rethink
Authorities in Moscow halt public screenings of World Cup games, after two die in riots following Russia's defeat by Japan.

Russia stay positive
Russia refuse to be downbeat following their 1-0 defeat by Japan in Yokohama.

Clockwatch: Japan 1-0 Russia
All the action as a Junichi Inamoto strike gives co-hosts Japan a sweet victory over Russia.

Historic win for Japan
Japan coach Philippe Troussier says their first World Cup finals win is a direct result of the country's confidence in the team.

Sychev wins media plaudits
The introduction of substitute Dmitry Sychov saved the day for Russia against Tunisia according to the national press.

Romantsev unconvinced
Russia coach Oleg Romantsev is unhappy with his side's performance despite a 2-0 win over Tunisia in Kobe.

Russia labour to win over Tunisia
Group H favourites Russia are made to work hard for their win over Tunisia.

No excuses from Souayah
Tunisia coach Ammar Souayah concedes his team were struggling from the moment they went behind to Russia in their 2-0 defeat.

Clockwatch: Russia 2-0 Tunisia
All the action as it happened as unfancied Tunisia took on Russia in Kobe.

Romantsev prepared to resign
Oleg Romantsev says he will quit as Russia's coach if his side fail to progress to the second round.

Kanchelskis backs Russians
Andrei Kanchelskis tells the BBC that Group H is evenly matched and adds that David Beckham should not start against Sweden.

Mostovoi fit for opener
Alexander Mostovoi should be ready to play in Russia's first game against Tunisia after recovering from a thigh injury.

Injuries mar Russian win
Injury worries mar a comfortable 3-0 victory for Russia over Shimizu S-Pulse on Thursday.

Russian team security threat
Police arrest an activist protesting against Russia's occupation of a Japanese-claimed Island at a hotel the team are due to stay at.

Salenko writes off Russia
Former Russia striker Oleg Salenko plays down his country's hopes of reaching the latter stages of the World Cup.

Putin visits Russia squad
Vladimir Putin visits the Russian squad to wish them success a day before they leave for Japan.

The World Cup stats
Statistical analysis of Russia's performance in the finals.

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