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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Faces Emerge for Russia, France




Russia's national soccer team has begun preparing for Saturday's Euro 2000 qualifier with World Cup winner France. Although the team will look basically as it did on Sept. 5 in its away loss to Ukraine, some notable players will be missing.


Bologna striker Igor Kolyvanov and Rangers midfielder Andrei Kanchelskis have been sidelined with injuries f Kolyvanov with a pulled a hamstring and Kanchelskis with a hurt his wrist.


France for its part will be sending a team that looks somewhat different than the one that defeated Brazil in the World Cup final in July.


Most notable among the additions is Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka.


Anelka was the only foreign-based striker among the five included in newly appointed coach Roger Lemerre's 19-man squad and gained his place thanks to his excellent current form for the English champion after winning his only cap against Sweden in April.


Saturday's match will be key for both teams as neither of them fared as well as they had hoped to in their opening performances. Russia has no points after falling to 3-2 Ukraine and France came away from Iceland with just one point after only managing a 1-1 draw there.


The game is Saturday evening at Luzhniki Stadium. Tickets are available at the stadium box office. The nearest metro is Sportivnaya.