Russia unchanged, Duda in for Slovakia

LILLE: Russia coach Leonid Slutsky has named an unchanged starting line-up for Wednesday’s Euro 2016 Group B meeting with Slovakia in Lille.


Slutsky has opted to keep faith with the team that started in Saturday’s violence-marred 1-1 draw with England in Marseille, when captain Vasili Berezutski rescued a point in injury time.

The match will be under scrutiny because of the suspended disqualification handed to the Russian Football Union by UEFA for the crowd disturbances by the Russian fans.

In contrast, Slovakia coach Jan Kozak has made three changes to the team that lost 2-1 to Wales in Bordeaux in their opening encounter.

Ondrej Duda, who came off the bench to score against Wales, starts up front in place of Michal Duris.

In addition Viktor Pecovsky comes into the midfield and Tomas Hubocan is selected at left-back. Hubocan is familiar with many of the Russian side as he plays his club football in Russia for Dynamo Moscow.

Group rivals England and Wales meet in nearby Lens on Thursday.