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Russia ready for tough challenge

Defender Alexei Berezutsky warns team-mates against complacency

ESPN staff

Alexei Berezutsky  in action against Poland© AP Images

Alexei Berezutsky has warned Russia to be ready for a tough challenge when they face Greece in their final Group A game on Saturday.

Dick Advocaat’s Russians will progress with a draw – but Greece, who picked up a point against co-hosts Poland before losing to Czech Republic, will go through with a victory.

Russia demolished the Czechs 4-1 in their opening game and picked up a point against the Poles in their second, but Berezutsky insists they will be taking nothing for granted when they meet the Greeks in Warsaw.

“It will be a very difficult game," the defender told “Every team has a good chance of getting out of the group, although we are in control of our own destiny. They are a good team.”

Russia are yet to keep a clean sheet in Euro 2012, and Berezutsky admitted: “We are quite an attack-minded team, and this will mean that we can be left open at the back - but we will always try to score more goals.”

Greek striker Fanis Gekas, who scored in the defeat against the Czechs, said his team could rise to the occasion, explaining: “Everyone will have to be on their game. I think the way things have turned out could be an advantage - qualification is in our hands and pressure will be on the Russians too.”


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