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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Ties Belgium, Ending Win Streak

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- An experimental Belgium kept Russia to a 0-0 draw in a friendly exhibition, highlighting the work the Russians still face to turn individual talent into a tight team ahead of the European Championships.


Russia never came close to the form it showed during qualifying for the June finals in England, and was lucky to find an easy opponent in Belgium, which is in the midst of a slump. The tie broke Russia's spell of consecutive international wins dating back 12 months.


Reduced to long-range solo efforts from Igor Kolyvanov and Andrei Kanchelskis, Russia never threatened with combination play. But at the back, Yury Nikiforov and Viktor Onopko kept a cool head to deny Belgium.


And when the Red Devils created their only open chance, in the final minute of the match, goalie Dmitry Kharin was equal to the task, stopping a break by Gunther Schepens.


Russia is in the tough Group B for the European Championship together with Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic. It will need to play at a higher speed and with more commitment than Wednesday to make an impact.


Russia, missing several key players, lacked cohesion to impose the play and quickly was content to leave the initiative to the Belgians. Even on breaks, Russians were hardly able to enter the penalty area.


Russia's best chance came in the 48th minute. Kolyvanov turned himself free and his fierce, bouncing drive from 17 meters had to be met by a sterling save of goalie Philippe Vande Walle to keep the score blank.


After a swing through the Gulf region, Russia will play its final preparation against Poland.


Coach Oleg Romantsev will need the time to blend the talents into tight teamwork. With stars like Onopko, Kanchelskis and others spread over the best leagues of Europe, the Russian talent has yet to gel into the sum of its parts.


In the first match under coach Wilfried Van Moer, who replaced Paul Van Himst 10 days ago, Belgium tried several new players but also failed to dominate the game.


Germany 1, Netherlands 0. At Rotterdam, Jurgen Klinsmann scored on a penalty kick in the 18th minute after Danny Blind headed the ball back toward his own goal and defender Winston Bogarde pulled down Oliver Bierhoff as he went for ball.


Dennis Bergkamp failed to convert a penalty kick in the 32nd minute for the Netherlands. Andreas Koepke saved the kick and Bergkamp failed to connect on the rebound.


Police reported that 58 fans were arrested and two were treated in hospital for stab wounds following a clash before and after a match.


A Dutch fan and a German were treated for serious stab wounds after a fight broke out in a restaurant.


Roughly equal numbers of Dutch and German fans were arrested, including some German fans who had travelled to Rotterdam without tickets for the game, which Germany won 1-0.


Riot police beat German fans with batons as the match ended to prevent them leaving their section of the stadium before police were ready to escort them to trains and buses.


Brazil 3, South Africa 2. At Johannesburg, World Cup hero Bebeto scored the winning goal against the African champions on a bicycle kick with five minutes remaining, following a cross from Ze Maria.


South Africa took a 2-0 lead on goals by Phil Masinga in the 25th minute and Doctor Khumalo in the 42nd.


Brazil, unbeaten in 23 consecutive games, tied the score in the second half on goals by Favio Conceicao in the 56th and Rivaldo in the 68th.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)