Follow live coverage as Finland look to build on a strong start to their Euro 2020 campaign when they take on Russia in Saint Petersburg this afternoon.
Finland were 1-0 winners against Denmark in their Group B opener on Saturday, in a fixture that resumed that evening having been paused earlier in the day after the shocking collapse of Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen. The Inter Milan playmaker has thankfully since showed promising signs of recovery – conscious and sharing a positive update from hospital yesterday, though his team-mates were unable to get the result they desired against Finland in the 29-year-old’s absence.
Russia, meanwhile, were thrashed 3-0 by Belgium on Saturday evening, as the world’s No 1-ranked side ran riot in Saint Petersburg, with Romelu Lukaku scoring twice and Thomas Meunier also netting for Roberto Martinez’s side. It leaves Russia, who enjoyed an impressive quarter-final run on home turf at the 2018 World Cup, facing an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout rounds this summer.
Finland, on the other hand, now have a strong chance of reaching the last 16, and would all but guarantee their place in the next round with a victory over the Russians this afternoon. Follow live updates from Finland vs Russia at Euro 2020 below.
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44 mins: Clever play by Russia as Miranchuk picks out Barinov, but it is brilliantly cleared by O’Shaughnessy.
Toivio excellently heads clear another dangerous ball.
Finland are defending for their lives to close out the first half.
39 mins: WHAT A CHALLENGE!
Russia somehow don’t find the net as Kuzyayev plays a low cross into the area towards the back post, and as Karavayev is about to smash into an open net, Uronen makes a terrific sliding challenge.
The Finn took a boot to the head for good measure, but he is ok. The corner comes to nothing as captain Arajuuri is fouled.
36 mins: Another Russian cross, another Russian chance.
This one falls to Ozdoyev, but the Zenit midfielder fires his header wide.
33 mins: The ball breaks to Pukki after some clever play between the Norwich striker and Lod.
Lod gives away a foul, though, and Russia can regroup and regain possession.
31 mins: Decent chance for Russia, as they hook crosses towards Dzyuba.
Nothing comes of them yet as Finland hold firm – corner to Russia.
Golovin’s corner swings onto the head of Diveev but he thumps his header over the bar.
28 mins: Fernandes is substituted for Vyacheslav Karavayev, and Barinov receives a yellow card for fouling Kamara as the Rangers winger looked to break forward.
A slip by the defender allows Pohjanpalo to burst forwards but he is let down by his touch.
Russia are on top.
24 mins: Dzyuba brilliantly brings down an arcing ball and gives it to Golovin, who clips a cross into the box.
Fernandes wins the header but it’s off target and too difficult for Dzyuba to steer home.
The Brazilian-born defender is down receiving treatment after landing awkwardly.
22 mins: Big chance, excellent defending.
Pohjanpalo is played through and winds up to surely score, but he is denied by a perfect challenge from Diveev and the ball loops behind for a corner.
The corner is headed over and it’s a goal kick to Russia.
19 mins: It’s getting quite scrappy in the midfield with both teams misplacing passes.
Pohjanpalo plays an excellent pass towards Pukki, but the Russian goalkeeper rushes out of his area to head clear.
A lofted ball is terribly dealt with by Finland and the loose ball almost rolls to Dzyuba in the penalty box but they hack clear.
Golovin then sends in a tempting cross and it is just too much for Fernandes to get on the end of.
17 mins: Pukki’s backpass finds Russia striker Dzyuba, but the captain misplaces a pass immediately.
Pukki runs back and fouls the Russian defender to concede a free kick.