It is necessary to assess the Russian national football team after the meetings with Cyprus and Malta. This was announced on Saturday, September 4, by journalist Vasily Utkin.
“A draw with Croatia, completely regardless of whether you rate our tactical glass as half-empty or half-full, is really only important together with six points in Cyprus and against Malta. And without these six, the dispute is simply idiotic, ”Utkin wrote in his Telegram channel.
Utkin also recalled the 1997 match, when the Russian national team drew with Cyprus, which prevented the national team from directly entering the World Cup.
Earlier that day, the Russian national football team flew to Cyprus, where the match of the fifth round of the qualifying tournament of the 2022 World Cup will take place on September 4.
The match will take place at the GSP stadium in Nicosia at 19:00 Moscow time, reports “Sport-Express“.
On September 1, Russian footballers played their first match under the leadership of the new head coach of the national team Valery Karpin and drew with the Croatian national team (0: 0).
According to the Minister of Sports of Russia Oleg Matytsin, the necessary result for Karpin is the entry of the national team to the final part of the world championship.
At the moment, the Russian team with seven points is the second in Group H, the Cypriots with four points are in the sixth line.
The FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022.