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In the Netherlands and Belgium it may be a far-from-my-bed show, but the European Championship qualifying match between Kazakhstan and Russia brings some history alongside football. Anyway: Kazakhstan already sent Scotland home in Astana 3-0 earlier this week and the Kazakhs are not afraid if Russia is a guest.
We all know Kazakhstan from the qualification matches for the 2016 European Championship. At that time, the Netherlands was in a group with the Eastern Europeans, and in Astana the Orange still had a hard time. The weather conditions in connection with the artificial grass in Astana caused a lot of dust in the Netherlands. Another two advantages that the Kazakhs have in home games is the fact that the visiting countries often have to travel for hours and have to deal with a time difference of around five hours. Against Russia, Kazakhstan may only benefit a little from the time difference with Moscow, but the Russians are not worried about the weather, the artificial grass or the long flight.
Kazakhstan did have those benefits against Scotland. The Scots were the opponents in the first qualifying match on Thursday afternoon and Kazakhstan won nicely 3-0. Already within ten minutes the Hawks were leading 2-0 and Kazakhstan was not having a hard time with the British. That 3-0 win has of course created a lot of confidence with the Czech coach Michal Bílek and his team. In Kazakhstan they sign for an equal result if Russia is the opponent, but I can imagine that the Kazakhs are also satisfied with a draw against the Russians. However, the reality remains that Kazakhstan, in a group including Russia, Scotland and Belgium, is certainly not the favorite to qualify for the final tournament.
The national team of Russia naturally belongs at the European Championships. If only because St. Petersburg is one of the playing cities next summer. However, the Russians are still going to find it very difficult in a group including Belgium, Kazakhstan and Scotland. On paper, Russia must be able to finish behind Belgium in Group I, but Kazakhstan and Scotland should certainly not be underestimated. Last summer during the World Cup at home, Russia did very well by, among other things, eliminating Spain. However, in the quarterfinals the Russians were less in taking penalties than Croatia, and that still hurts in Russia.
Russia was a well-oiled machine at the World Cup in its own country. That is a lot less the case lately. The team of national coach Stanislav Cherchesov, for example, lost the last three games. Sweden, among others, was 2-0 too strong for the Russians in the Nations League and on Thursday evening Russia fell 3-1 in Brussels. Against Belgium, Russia fell behind within fifteen minutes, but Denis Cheryshev quickly made the tying run. In the remainder of the match, goalkeeper Guilherme had to collect two more goals from Eden Hazard and that is why Russia started the qualifying series badly. However, the Russians must have taken into account a defeat against Belgium and it is now up to Russia to take the first points of this qualifying series in Astana.
Kazakhstan vs Russia head to head matches
31.03.15 FI Russia Kazakhstan 0 : 0
23.05.08 FI Russia Kazakhstan 6 : 0