🏆 EURO 2020: Miranchuk's stunning strike earns Russia important win
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🏆 EURO 2020: Miranchuk's stunning strike earns Russia important win

Russia moved above Finland in Group B of the ongoing EURO 2020 tournament, following a narrow 1-0 win over The Eagle-owls on Wednesday afternoon. 

Russia lost their appointing match 3-0 against brilliant Belgium, but were the better side for long spells against the Fins. 

Aleksey Miranchuk scored the lone goal in first-half injury time, and could have added more in the second period but were wasteful in front of goal. 

Finland got off to good start and were unlucky not to take a fifth-minute lead when Joel Pohjanpalo found the back of the net, but his strike was ruled out for offside following a VAR review. 

Finland came close again in the 21st minute when Pohjanpalo received a neat pass inside the box and instantly thumped the ball goalward, only for a defender to make a last-ditch block to deny him.

Russia had their spell just before the break, with some sensational defending denying them in the 37th minute.

The goal however arrived in the second minute of added time and it was a superb finish. 

Miranchuk played a beautiful give and go with Dzyuba, with the former managing to shift the ball onto his left foot before curling a sweet strike into the far corner. 

Teemu Pukki, Finland's most dangerous player on the pitch roared back to life in the second period and managed to test both the defense and the keeper on a number of occasions. 

It was the Russians who created clear chances though, with Miranchuk slotting Zhemaletdinov through into the area just after the hour mark, only for his shot to go wide when he could have buried the chance. 

Dzyuba then tested the keeper in the 72nd minute with a curling shot from just inside the box, and he wonderfully tipped it out for a corner. 

Despite their efforts, Finland could not break Russia's defense, and suffered their first loss in the tournament. 

They are currently third behind Russia, who will play their last group match against Denmark. 

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