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Lineker's Verdict

Russia Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Russia star player, Dmitry Sychev
World Cup record:
(1958-90 as Soviet Union)
 1958   Quarter-finals
 1962   Quarter-finals
 1966   Fourth place
 1970   Quarter-finals
 1982   Second round
 1986   Second round
 1990   First round
 1994   First round
 2002   First round

Did you know?
Dmitry Sychev was the youngest goalscorer at the World Cup and the fifth youngest ever after netting against Belgium. In the preceding match he won a Porsche 911 after being named man of the match in a poll in Russia.

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Star player:

Oleg Romantsev
Dmitry Sychev
When you looked at the groups before the World Cup there were some dead certs as to who was going to qualify.

France would top their group, Argentina theirs, Portugal theirs… I think you're getting the picture. Russia had top spot wrapped up - didn't they?

They arrived with a good record and some big-name players, but left with only one win to their name and one of the challengers for miss of the tournament.

That win came in the first match against Tunisia - when Dmitry Sychev was particularly impressive - and everything looked rosy for Russia, until Japan came into view.

I don't know if they got wrapped up in the occasion, but the wheels started to come off in that defeat and the whole bandwagon came to a juddering halt against Belgium.

They were cruising along initially, everything going to plan at 1-1, but after scoring the equaliser, Vladimir Beschastnykh conspired to find the side-netting when the goal was at his mercy and with that effort went another Lineker prediction.

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Group H: v Tunisia 2-0; v Japan 0-1; v Belgium 2-3.



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