Euro 2016

Russia out to win and pressure England

LILLE • Fresh from holding England in Marseille in their Euro 2016 Group B opener, Russia face Slovakia in Lille today, knowing a win would all but secure progression to the last 16.

A victory at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, a day before England face Wales just along the road, would also pile pressure on Roy Hodgson's men.

With midfielder Denis Glushakov now fully fit, coach Leonid Slutsky has a full squad of outfield players to choose from.

And Artem Dzyuba - who was often left isolated against the English defence - hopes for a stronger attacking display this time around.

"Our defence was well organised but not everything worked in attack - we were a bit disjointed," Dzyuba told Uefa.com.

"A lot of balls got kicked out of play. But it was the first match and a difficult one. At times, we held on to the ball really well.

"I think if we add 20-30 per cent in attack, there will be more goals and we'll create more chances."

For Slovakia, there is even greater urgency in their search for a first European Championship Finals win after they conceded late on to lose 1-2 to Wales on Saturday.

Coach Jan Kozak will want more from his star creator, Napoli's Marek Hamsik, and has admitted that changes to his line-up are a certainty.

That means Ondrej Duda of Legia Warsaw, who came off the bench to score against Wales, could be promoted to the starting XI.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

GROUP B
Russia v Slovakia
Singtel TV Ch142 & StarHub Ch220, 8.50pm

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2016, with the headline 'Russia out to win and pressure England'. Print Edition | Subscribe