Russia top Group C, Serbia defeat Hungary

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24 August 2016

Next up were the Czech Republic against Wales in Group E, both having three points from one game before the match.

Two goals in the opening half gave the Czech Republic a perfect start to their game. Stanislav Marik added a third goal to the scoresheet in the 23rd minute. The same man’s second score of the second half in the 34th minute made the game safe for the Czech Republic. However, the leading team didn’t stop there. They ended the match with a 6:0 victory.

Russia and Poland had both qualified for the next stage already before their match started, but they were playing for the top spot of Group C. Russia started on the front foot and were already ahead after 9 minutes.

In the second half, both teams traded chances but were unable to score. Poland’s chances of topping their group appeared very slim after 35 minutes of play, when the score was still 1:0. With the score staying the same until the end Russia finished first in Group C and will have to await the outcome of tomorrow’s Montenegro V Kazakhstan game to learn their next opponent.

Hungary and Serbia were led out to the pitch in front of a full house again. At the start of the game Hungary were on top of Group A with six points out of two games, while Serbia had three points. In the first half, both teams had chances to take the lead however neither could convert.

After 30 goalless minutes, Serbia’s Nemanja Gvozdenovic opened the scoring with a fierce shot. Hungary equalised 7 minutes later through Csaba Varga. However, a last-minute goal from Milos Ristanovic secured a 2:1 win and the much-needed three points for Serbia.