Saturday, June 23, 2018

Russian national football team defeats South Korea 2-1

On Tuesday, Russia's national football team won 2-1 in a friendly match against South Korea at Dubai's Zabeel Stadium.

Before the game began, a memorial service was held honoring the athletes who died in a recent plane crash at Kazan airport. Throughout the entirety of the game, the Russian teammates all wore mourning bands on their sleeves, ITAR-TASS reports.

The Russian national team made a few changes to their roster since the Nov. 15 match in Dubai. Yuri Lodygin, Igor Smolnikov, Dmitry Tarasov, Alexander Ryazanstev and Fedor Smolov replaced Igor Akinfeev, Alexei Kozlov, Denis Glushakov, Alexei Ionov and Alexander Kokorin, respectively.

Tuesday's match began with the South Korean team taking an early advantage. However, Russia's aggressive offensive playing proved to be too much for the South Koreans to overcome. After 56 minutes, the Russian team took a commanding lead that followed them throughout the game, according to ITAR-TASS.

Russia's national football team will not play another match until March 5, when they could again take on their South Korean counterparts.