Foot­ball - Rus­sia pun­ished for poor de­fense in 4-3 loss to Costa Rica

Malta Independent - - SPORTS -

Rus­sia’s hopes of rebuilding in time for the 2018 World Cup suf­fered another blow yes­ter­day as re­peated de­fen­sive lapses al­lowed Costa Rica to claim a 4-3 friendly win. With coach Stanislav Cherch­esov giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to young play­ers, it was vet­eran de­fender Vasily Berezut­sky who was the weak link. The cen­ter-back was dis­tracted for Costa Rica’s first goal, scored an own goal and gave away the penalty from which Joel Camp­bell scored Costa Rica’s 92nd­minute win­ner. With Rus­sia 3-1 down at half time, a planned cer­e­mony to mark Berezut­sky’s 100th Rus­sia game was called off, but af­ter the break striker Ar­tyom Dzyuba led a re­vival with two goals, be­fore Camp­bell gave the vis­i­tors the win. It was Cherch­esov’s first Rus­sia de­feat af­ter an ear­lier draw with Turkey and win over Ghana.

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