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Half-time: Russia 1-0 Finland

Aleksey Miranchuk

That was a really enjoyable half. We’ll be back shortly for the second. Below are some of the live text scenes from the first half.

Miranchuk flits towards the box and bumps into Dzyuba, who knocks off to him as he moves into the box. Even so, there looks nothing on – the defenders are shutting off his shooting lanes – but one deft touch with the outside of his left foot – think Ruud van Nistelrooy v Fulham – opens the angle for him to feed a glorious rising, curling finish into high into the far side-netting.

Golovin is by far the best player on the pitch and he drills a cross towards Dzyuba at the back post. For a moment, it looks like he’s got a run on O’Shaughnessy, but the defender does just enough to force his to head inside, where no one lurks.

Ozdoev can’t see way through so takes the scenic route around the outside before clipping back for Golovin, just outside the box. He shapes to shoot then scoots around Lod, but Schuller is quickly on the scene to smother the effort when it eventually arrives.

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