russia vs bulgaria Friendly International LIVE Football Score 5 June 2021
Russia finalise their preparations for Euro 2020 on Saturday as they welcome Bulgaria to the VTB Arena in Moscow for a friendly battle.
The hosts played out a 1-1 draw with Poland in midweek to kick off their warm-ups for the Euros in a conservative manner, while Bulgaria managed to hold Slovakia to a stalemate by the same scoreline.
Even with a couple of the big-hitters missing as Russia seek to avoid any further fitness concerns before this summer’s tournament, they still managed to go toe-to-toe with a Robert Lewandowski-less Poland and come away with their heads held high in a 1-1 draw.
Poland took just four minutes to draw first blood as Jakub Swierczok tapped home, but Stanislav Cherchesov‘s side were level on the 20-minute mark as Vyacheslav Karavaev met Aleksandr Golovin‘s looping cross at the back post and powered home through the legs of Lukasz Fabianski.
Of course, the story could have been a whole lot different had Lewandowski been given the freedom to unleash his prolific powers, but with the Bayern Munich man watching on from the bench throughout the 90 minutes, Russia claimed a credible draw ahead of Saturday’s less daunting fixture.
On a similar note to that of Lewandowski, Russia have been boosted by the news that Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne is likely to miss their opening clash of Euro 2020 through injury, but Cherchesov’s side still have their work cut out if they are to get one over the world’s top-ranked nation.
Scandinavian duo Denmark and Finland also have equal aspirations of a place in the knockout rounds of Euro 2020, so Russia can take nothing for granted in Group B, but they have a prime opportunity to lay down a marker with a dominant showing against Bulgaria.
A Slovakia team aiming to make a statement of intent before the European Championship was expected to breeze past a Bulgaria side without the wind in their sails, so it came as a surprise to see Atanas Iliev break the deadlock for the visitors with eight minutes on the clock.
However, the forward’s first goal for the national team was soon cancelled out by Laszlo Benes after 26 minutes, and there were no more goals to be had as the two sides shook hands on a stalemate which would have pleased Bulgaria much more than Slovakia.