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Player vs Player Battle: Russia vs Slovakia

Siddharth Nair

Marek Hamsik vs Roman Shirokov


Hamsik has been one of Europe’s best mid fielders for the past few years. His talent and skill on the ball has led to him being coveted by many of Europe’s biggest teams. Shirokov on the other hand has been a loyal servant for CSKA Moscow and will try to stop the guile of Hamsik from creating havoc.

WROCLAW, POLAND - JUNE 08: Roman Shirokov of Russia celebrates scoring their second goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 group A match between Russia and Czech Republic at The Municipal Stadium on June 8, 2012 in Wroclaw, Poland. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Hamsik to win easy.

Juraj Kucka vs Aleksander Kokorin


The AC Milan midfielder, Kucka will be on show today in the Slovakian midfield. His link up play with the likes of Hamsik and company in the middle of the pitch will go far in deciding the outcome of the match. Zenit’s Kokorin will be out ti stop them.


Kucka to win.

Vladimir Weiss vs Alan Dzagoev

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Dzagoev is talented Russian midfielder who will be in charge of picking holes and creating chances for his team. He will be looking to find spaces and give through balls for the strikers to score. Vladimir Weiss is a capable midfielder who will try to prevent this.


Tough to call.

Yuri Zhirkov vs Robert Vittek 


Yuri Zhirkov is an experienced player who has played at the highest level for a long time. His experience will come in handy to guide the Russian defense through the Euros. Robert Vittek is a strong and powerful striker who will be looking to get the goals for his team.


Yuri to get this one.

Aleksander Kerzhakov vs Jan Durica


Kerzhakov has been the man behind the goals for Russia in the last couple of games. It will be crucial for him to supply the goals since it will be tough for Russia to get any otherwise. Durica is an accomplished midfielder who will look to stop this.


Durica should win this.

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