Russia scares rivals

Russia has crashed Italy in their last pre Euro 2012 friendly comfortably winning 3:0 after second half goals from Kierzakov and Szirokov (x2).

It was 3rd in row game for Italy without a win and what is more even without any goals scored. The left alone striker Mario Balotelli was not able to deliver any interesting performance and it was only Andrea Pirlo who was playing a good game.

If the situation doesn’t change for Italians they will find it very difficult to go out of the group stage in which they will face Spain on 10th June and then Croatia on 14th ending the group stage on 18th against Ireland.

It all looks much better for Russia. Dick’s Advoccat will face Czech Republic in their opening game on first day of Euros, and then playing hosts Poland and Greece.

 

Russia squad:
Małafiejew (46. Akinfiejew) – Żyrkow (88. Kombarow), Bieriezucki, Ignaszewicz, Nababkin – Kierżakow (63. Pawliuczenko), Denisow, Żyrianow, Szirokow, Dżagojew (86. Kokorin) – Arszawin

Italy squad:
Buffon (46. De Sanctis) – Bonucci, Barzagli, Balzaretti (53. Ogbonna), Maggio – Pirlo (68. Di Natale), Montolivo (62. Nocerino), Marchisio, De Rossi (62. Motta) – Cassano (70. Giovinco), Balotelli