A first-half break goal by Aleksei Miranchuk returned to the Euro 2020 campaign for Russia as they beat Finland 1-0 in Group B on Wednesday.
Joel Pohjanpalo thought he had given the Finns the lead in the fifth minute, but his powerful header was ruled out for an offside after a VAR criticism and the rest of the first half played at a high pace.
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With both sides receiving the players forward in the attack, Miranchuk appeared shortly before the break to bend in a great left-footed effort to put his side forward.
The Finns, who beat Denmark 1-0 at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Saturday after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch, threw everything they had at their neighbors but tried to score as the Russians kept winning.
The result moves Stanislav Chertsov’s team to second place in the standings with three points, ahead of Finland thanks to the head-to-head result. Belgium, who beat Russia 3-0 in the opener, are at the top of the group before the game against Denmark on Thursday.