Euro 2016 hosts didnot have much of competitive football, but faced tough teams on their way. Meanwhile, Russians re-energized under the new coach have turned their Euro qualification and acquired great confidence going into the match.
Russian's Football Union (RFU) on Tuesday dismissed Fabio Capello as national team head coach, ending the Italian's three years in charge after a string of disappointing results.
The Russian national team showed some promise after an imperious Euro 2008 but since the event, it has only been a case of going downhill. TheHardTackle's Footblog contest winner Kumar Shivam takes a look at the last couple of years in Russian football and notes the areas of concern.