INNSBRUCK, Austria (Reuters) – World Cup hosts Russia turned in another unconvincing display as Austria extended their winless run stretching back to October with a 1-0 victory in a friendly on Wednesday.
The home side, who have not qualified for the finals, exposed defensive frailties in Stanislav Cherchesov’s team with Alessandro Schopf sending a neat finish past Igor Akinfeev following a fine run from Marko Arnautovic after 28 minutes.
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Shorn of competitive football due to qualifying as hosts, Russia have spent the last two years playing friendlies against some of the world’s leading sides, but their preparations have been far from ideal.
Cherchesov’s spluttering team faced a barrage of criticism in the Russian media after suffering heavy home defeats by Brazil and France in...
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