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FULL TIME: Finland 0-1 Russia
A drab end to the game after an end-to-end first half. Both sides worked hard but really lacked a cutting edge, with Finland rarely looking like scoring after Pohjanpalo's disallowed goal a few minutes into the game. Russia, on the other hand, seemed to take their foot of the gas slightly after Miranchuk's goal just before half time, but they'll be delighted with those three points - their first at the Euros in 7 games.
The Russia physio is wearing a suit! Dressed like he's going to a business meeting.
CLOSE!! Zhemaletdinov has time and space in the penalty area but sends his shot well over the bar. Second big chance he's wasted now.
Veteran centre back and captain Arajuuri has been sent up front by Kanerva! Pretty desperate stuff from Finland.
- Yellow cardDaniel O'ShaughnessyFinland
O'Shaugnessy is the latest player to receive a yellow card. His is for bringing down Sobolev.
CLOSE!! Lod finds Kauko at the back post with his free-kick, who heads across to Arajuuri, but the captain's headed attempt on goal loops over.
- Yellow cardGeorgi DzhikiyaRussia
Dzhikiya gets a yellow card for a poor challenge on Soiri. The resulting free-kick is in a good position for Finland.
- OffAleksey MiranchukRussia
- OnMaxim MukhinRussia
Teenage defensive midfielder Maxim Mukhin comes on for only his 5th Russia appearance, with the goalscorer Miranchuk being given a breather.
- OffArtem DzyubaRussia
- OnAleksandr SobolevRussia
Dzyuba's work is done. The Russia captain leaves the pitch for Spartak Moscow striker Aleksandr Sobolev.
- OffJoona ToivioFinland
- OnFredrik JensenFinland
Kanerva further signals his attacking intent with Fredrik Jensen being subbed on for Toivio.
Bit of a WWE move there from Dzyuba who barges a Finland player off the pitch on the left flank. Probably should've got a card considering he didn't even seem to look at the ball.
The tempo of the game has slowed massively and you have to wonder if Finland waited too long to make their substitutions, especially given you're allowed to make five at this tournament.
- OffTeemu PukkiFinland
- OnLassi LappalainenFinland
Pukki is substituted off after a frustrating afternoon and young forward Lassi Lappalainen is on in his place.
- OffJukka RaitalaFinland
- OnPyry SoiriFinland
Finland manager Maarku Kanerva makes his second substitution. Pyry Soiri joins his Esbjerg teammate Kauko on the pitch, coming on in place of Raitala.
SAVED!! Brilliant low save from Hradecky to deny Kuzyaev, who had ages to size up a shot after Dzyuba pounced on a defensive misunderstanding to set him up.
Worrying scenes for Russia as Dzhikiya is down and could perhaps be joining fellow defenders Zhirkov and Fernandes on the injury list, but he should be okay to continue.
Kauko is immediately called into action! He, perhaps greedily, opts to shoot from the edge of the area instead of laying it off to one of his better-placed teammates and his attempt is miles off.
- OffRasmus SchüllerFinland
- OnJoni KaukoFinland
Finland are starting to look very tired, so there's no wiser time for them to make a substitution.
Rasmus Schuller departs the pitch in favour of Joni Kauko.
CHANCE!! Biggest chance of the second half and a missed opportunity for Russia to potentially put the game to bed!
The goalscorer Miranchuk is involved again, this time threading it through to the substitute Zhimaletdinov, who tries to dispatch the ball into the far corner but instead just drags it wide of the post.
Golovin attempts another shot from range but it's wide again.
- OffMagomed OzdoevRussia
- OnRifat ZhemaletdinovRussia
Russia make their second change of the game as Ozdoev makes way for Rifat Zhemaletdinov.
Kamara whips in a cross and it's not too far from the head of Pohjanpalo.
BLOCKED!! Finland are really pushing now and creating regular chances, as Lod has effort blocked by Dzhikiya.
SAVED!! While Pohjanpalo looked dangerous from kick-off, Pukki has taken his time to grow into this game. He cuts inside from the left with ease and his powerful shot is straight at Safonov.
Lovely bit of quality from Golovin to shake off a defender and make some space to shoot. He drags his shot marginally wide from range.
CLOSE!! Pukki is through on goal but Diveev produces another fantastic last-gap challenge to deny him. Pukki's furious and wants a penalty but the referee ignores him.
Back with the second half now! Will Russia get the first European Championship win in 7 games or will Finland be able to clinch qualification for the knockout stages?
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HALF-TIME: Finland 0-1 Russia
An extremely dominant half for Russia, who finally made their dominance count after our longest wait for a shot on target so far this tournament.
Finland looked dangerous on the break, but you get the feeling Pohjanpalo and Pukki need more support for the chances they create to materialise.
CLOSE!! Dzyuba almost gets Russia's second but his header is straight at Hradecky.
- GoalAleksey MiranchukRussia
GOAL!!! Russia have their first goal of the tournament and it's a wonderful finish from Miranchuk!
A one-touch pass from Dzyuba with his back to goal tees up Miranchuk, who uses his quick feet to get it onto his left foot before guiding it into the top corner.
Great cross from Golovin to Dzyuba but again he seems too shy to hit it.
Russia continuing to dominate in terms of possession yet still struggling to test Hradecky in the Finland goal.
Pukki's hit in the face just in front of the halfway line, which earns Finland a free-kick.
CHANCE!!! Great footwork from Golovin, who sets Kuzyaev free down the left flank. He drills a low cross that looks set for the onrushing Karavaev to smash home, but Uronen somehow manages to poke the ball away, ending up with a boot to the face while doing so.
A half-chance for Russia as Ozdoev towers over the Finland defence to head wide. Didn't get the cleanest connection on that one!
- Yellow cardMagomed OzdoevRussia
It's Ozdoev's turn to enter the referee's book now and it's again for a foul on Kamara.
CHANCE!! Ozdoev and Dzyuba seem to have quite a strong partnership in this Russia team, as the former overhead kicks it to his captain in the penalty area, but the latter's header is much too weak.
CHANCE!! Great work again from Pohjanpalo who capitalises on a slip to create an opportunity for himself, but he's a bit too ponderous this time and gets tackled before he can shoot.
- Yellow cardDmitriy BarinovRussia
Another yellow card, this time for Barinov due to him pulling on Kamara's shirt.
- OffMário FernandesRussia
- OnVyacheslav KaravaevRussia
Fernandes stays on the ground for a long while and eventually has to be substituted off for Vyacheslav Karavaev - another Zenit player who has the pleasure of playing in their club's home stadium today.
CLOSE!! Golovin crosses it in to Fernandes, who ends up on the ground after heading it and the ball falls to Dzyuba, whose poor first touch causes the ball to roll out for a goal kick.
- Yellow cardGlen KamaraFinland
Kamara is booked for a late challenge on Zobnin, thus picking up the first card of the game.
Fantastic Twitter thread giving the run-down on this Finland side from sports journalist and lover of all things Finnish, Alex Seftel.
CHANCE!! Lod threads it through to the dangerman Pohjanpalo, whose shot is blocked by a valiant challenge from Diveev and it's out for a corner.
Finland aren't committing too many attackers forward and it's allowing Russia to continue applying pressure.
An opportunity presents itself for Finland on the break though, with Pohjanpalo dinking the ball over the defence for Pukki to run on to. However, Safonov raced out of goal to head the pass clear.
Pohjanpalo causing trouble again! He drives into the box, passes on shooting with his left but is swarmed by several Russia defenders who prevent him from getting a shot away at all.
Russia have been all action in midfield after Finland's disallowed goal. This time Dzyuba's effort is deflected onto the post, but it wouldn't have stood anyway as he's whistled for offside.
CHANCE!! The unmarked Ozdoev has the whole goal at his mercy yet somehow blasts it over after a clever pass from Miranchuk.
Very big miss from Russia.
Dzyuba and Miranchuk play a bit of head tennis in the Finland goalmouth, but the defence manages to hack it away.
Hang on, it's just been chalked off! So much drama already as VAR comes into play to rule out Finland's opening goal for offside.
GOAL!!! Pohjanpalo's done it again for Finland!
Russia make yet another defensive error, as Raitala intercepts a pass on the right wing before whipping in a delightful cross for Pohjanpalo to head home.
- 1st Half
KICK-OFF: And we're underway with the first game from matchday 2! Can Finland become the first team to book their ticket for the knockout stages?
HEAD TO HEAD
Russia have won all four of their previous encounters against Finland.
The most recent of those was a 3-0 away win in World Cup qualifying back in 2009.
Former Zenit and Sevilla striker Alexander Kerzhakov grabbed two of those three goals.
Classy from Finland!
RUSSIA TEAM NEWS
Stanislav Cherchesov boldly makes three changes to the XI who started the 3-0 loss to Belgium, while also altering the formation seemingly to a 4-3-3.
The 34 year-old goalkeeper Anton Shunin is dropped for FC Krasnodar's Matvey Safonov - a man twelve years younger whose two prior caps came in pre-tournament friendlies.
Russia's defence has also been freshened up with two younger faces in the shape of 21 year-old CSKA Moscow centre back Igor Diveev and Zenit's Daler Kuzyaev, who starts at left-back today after starting on the left wing against Belgium.
Yuri Zhirkov and Andrey Semonov have been dropped to make space for them.
Further forward, Atalanta's attacking midfielder Aleksey Miranchuk comes in to play alongside Aleksandr Golovin and Artem Dzyuba in what looks to be a front three.
FINLAND TEAM NEWS
It's a 3-5-2 again for The Eagle-owls, with Rasmus Schuller coming into central midfield in place of captain Tim Sparv their sole change from the 1-0 win over Denmark.
Veteran centre back Paulus Arajuuri will captain the side in Sparv's absence, while the duo of Teemu Pukki and Joel Pohjanpalo again lead the line together.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live text coverage of Finland vs Russia in Group B of Euro 2020 - the first game of Matchday 2!
While Russia were subjected to a humbling 3-0 defeat at the hands of group favourites Belgium in their first game, Finland's major tournament debut was overshadowed by the saddening scenes of Denmark's Christian Eriksen suffering from a cardiac arrest on the pitch.
The 1-0 win from that game thanks to Joel Pohjanpalo's goal puts Finland in a strong position to qualify from this group though.
We will be bringing you all the build-up, highlights and talking points from the match today, so stay tuned ahead of kick-off at 14:00.