A superb strike from Aleksey Miranchuk gave Russia their first Euro 2020 win in St Petersburg, denying Finland a second successive victory in Group B.
Finland showed no ill-effects from their opening victory in Copenhagen, which was marred by the collapse of Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen.
In fact, the European Championship debutants thought they had taken an early lead when the impressive Joel Pohjanpalo – who scored the winner on Saturday – headed home inside three minutes, but it was chalked off by VAR for offside.
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Russia built up their pressure throughout the first half and capitalised in the second minute of injury time when Miranchuk curled home beautifully into the far corner.
Finland responded well in the second half, but Russia should have added more, with Rifat Zhemaletdinov and Daler Kuzyaev both going close.
Russia now join Belgium and Finland on three points in Group B, going second above Finland on the head-to-head record, with Roberto Martinez’s leaders facing Denmark on Wednesday.
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In the final game of Group B, Russia will play away from home at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, facing Denmark on Monday. Finland will play Belgium in St Petersburg on the same day. Both games will kick-off at 8pm.
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