Russia seek redemption

May 14, 2004
By Gennady Fyodorov
After failing to qualify for the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship and suffering a dismal campaign at last year's World Cup, Russia could not afford to miss another major tournament.

Qualifying for the European Championship in Portugal was seen as paramount to maintain the country's proud football tradition so Vadim Yevseyev's solitary goal in their 1-0 playoff victory over Wales was virtually priceless as far as the sport in Russia is concerned.

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