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Team play and total devotion may help Russian footballers to win over Brazil — deputy PM

March 23, 12:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The friendly match between Russia and Brazil kicks off on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Moscow time

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MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. Russian footballers will be able to win in tonight’s friendly match in Moscow against Brazil if they demonstrate a team play with a total dedication, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Friday.

"We need to understand that we will be playing against one of the world’s best teams," Mutko, who attended a training session of the Russian team earlier in the day, said in an interview with TASS.

"If one takes a look at the (Brazilian) roster it is clear that there are players from (football clubs) Real, Juventus, Manchester City, which are world’s top clubs," he said. "This is obviously the team of a very high level, however, the team play and total dedication can be the solution."

"We also have charismatic, interesting and creative guys, particularly in the midfield and on the offense," the deputy premier continued. "The guys are in a decisive mood and I hope that they will demonstrate their best qualities tonight."

"They need to be totally devoted, disciplined and professional," Mutko added.

The friendly match between Russia and Brazil kicks off on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Moscow time at the Luzhniki Stadium, which is one of 12 stadiums across the country selected as the venue for 2018 FIFA World Cup matches. The stadium in the Russian capital will also host the opening and final games of the championship.

The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow opened after the reconstruction works in November with a friendly match between the national teams of Russia and Argentina (0-1). This match set the country’s new record of attendance with the figure of 78,750 spectators.

The refurbishment of the Luzhniki Arena began in 2013 as part of the country’s preparations to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The stadium is expected to extend its spectator capacity up to 81,000 seats for the global football championship.

Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 aforementioned cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.

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