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Russia-Serbia friendly ends in 1-1 tie

June 05, 22:33 UTC+3 MONACO
Russia’s Artem Dzyuba shot a goal in 85th minute and Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the 88th minute
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MONACO, June 5. /TASS/. Russia’s national football team ended its friendly with Serbia played as part of preparations for the UEFA Euro 2016 Monaco’s Louis II stadium on Sunday in a 1-1 tie.

Russia’s Artem Dzyuba shot a goal in 85th minute and Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the 88th minute. Russia’s halfback Igor Denisov was replaced by Denis Glushakov in the 50th minute due to an injury.

It was Dzyuba’s ninth goal for the national team in his 18 matches.

On Wednesday, the Russians lost their first friendly against the Czechs (1-2) held in Innsbruck, Austria.

The national teams of Russia and Serbia (Yugoslavia) have played 11 matches against each other. Russia won four matches, Serbia won one match and six games ended in a tie. Serbia’s head coach is Slavoljub Muslin, who worked in Russia for five seasons.

After the match against the Serbs, the Russian football team will head for Croissy-sur-Seine, a Paris suburb, where it will continue training for the UEFA EURO-2016. The Russians will stay in a hotel in the town of Rueil-Malmaison.

The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup will be held in France between June 10 and July 10 with matches to be played in 10 different locations, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.

A total of 24 European national teams qualified for the Euro Cup final tournament in 2016, after the contestants’ format, which was used since 1996, was decided to be extended from 16 to 24 teams.

The contesting teams were divided into six groups and Russia was placed into Group B, sharing it with the teams from England, Wales and Slovakia. The Russian football team will play three matches in the Euro-2016 group stage: vs. the team of England in Marseille June 11; vs. Slovakia in Lille on June 15 and vs. Wales in Toulouse on June 20.

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