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Guilherme makes history as Russia floor Lithuania

Brazilian-born goalkeeper Guilherme made history when he went on as a halftime substitute in Russia's 3-0 friendly victory over Lithuania on Saturday.

Source: Reuters

The Lokomotiv Moscow stopper became the first player born outside of Russia to represent the national team when he replaced Stanislav Kritsyuk.

The 30-year-old Guilherme, who received his Russian passport last year, had little to do as the European Championship finalists eased to a comfortable win.

Fedor Smolov scored five minutes before halftime while Alexander Golovin and Denis Glushakov were on target after the break for Leonid Slutskiy's side.

Coach Slutskiy named a largely experiential lineup with only Sergei Ignashevich and Igor Smolnikov likely to start their first Euro 2016 game against England in Marseille on June 11.

Smolov was given a chance to stake his claim for a place at the finals in France and the Krasnodar forward impressed in a 45-minute outing.

He broke the deadlock in the 40th minute with an excellent left-foot finish beyond keeper Vytautas Cerniauskas after being sent clear by Dmitri Tarasov's pass.

It was Smolov's fifth goal on his 11th international appearance.

Substitute Golovin then made it 2-0 after pouncing on a knock-down from Alexander Kerzhakov.

Glushakov made sure of the win when he headed the ball in at the near post following a corner.

Lithuania failed to qualify for Euro 2016.

(Editing by Tony Jimenez)

SBC, 27 Mar 2016

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Russia 3-0 Lithuania
International Friendlies
April 26, 2016
Moscow. Otkrytie Arena Stadium
Attendance: 35400
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Russia: Kritsyuk (Guilherme, 46), Smolnikov, Ignashevich (c), A. Berezutski (Yusupov, 46), D. Kombarov, Samedov (Ionov, 46), Tarasov, Glushakov, Ivanov (Maximov, 69), Mamaev (Golovin, 46), Smolov (Kerzhakov, 46).
Coach: Leonid Slutski
Lithuania: Cherniauskas, Chesnauskis (Beneta, 60), Klimavichius, Mikuckis, Andriuskevichius (Vaitkunas, 46), Zhulpa, Slivka (Kuklys, 86), Verbitskas, Mikoliunas (Petravichius, 46), Spalvis (Matulevichius, 60), Chernych (c) (Luksha, 80).
Coach: Edgaras Jankauskas
Goals: Smolov (41), Golovin (61), Glushakov (72)
Yellow cards: Slivka (29), Yusupov (49), Verbickas (69)

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