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Minister: Russian football squad must play Wales at Euro 2016 in ‘all-or-nothing’ style

June 15, 20:35 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Earlier in the day Russia lost 1-2 to Slovakia in its second group stage match putting its chances at great risk to advance further of the major European football tournament
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MOSCOW, June 15. /TASS/. The Russian national football squad needs playing its next 2016 UEFA Euro Cup group stage match against team Wales on June 20 in an "all-or-nothing" style, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day Russia lost 1-2 to Slovakia in its second group stage match in the French city of Lille putting its chances at great risk to advance further of the major European football tournament.

"We need to play our own football, but we always come up with some new sophisticated ideas," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said in an interview with TASS.

"We saw our real national team playing only in the last 15 minutes of the match [against Slovakia]," Mutko said. "I hope the team will be playing its next match in an ‘all-or-nothing’ style."

Commenting on the game against Slovakia, Mutko said it was an undeserved defeat of the Russian team.

"We need to play our own football just like we played in the closing minutes against England and tied the score," he said. "This is the European Championship and cautious style of play is forbidden as all aces must be immediately laid on the table."

Although Russia was a point above their rivals Slovakia following the opening games of the group stage, both teams aimed for the victory on Wednesday to advance further at the 2016 Euro Cup.

Slovakia entered Wednesday’s match with zero points following their 1-2 defeat to Wales last week, while Russia packed one point following June 11th draw of 1-1 against England in Marseille.

Russia now remains with only one point in the group standings following today’s defeat and before the final round-robin fixture against Wales on June 20 in Toulouse. Meanwhile, Slovakia packs three points and prepares to take on England on the same day in Saint-Etienne.

Theoretically, Russia still has a slim chance of advancing to the next Round of Last 16, but the team has to do by far better playing Wales next week compared to its matches against England and Slovakia.

England and Wales will be playing their second group stage matches on Thursday, June 16, at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.

The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in France from June 10 to July 10 has matches lined up in 10 different locations, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.

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