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
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
Fedor Smolov scored five minutes before halftime while Alexander Golovin
and Denis Glushakov were on target after the break for Leonid Slutskiy's
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
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
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
April 26, 2016
Moscow. Otkrytie Arena Stadium
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)
Coach: Edgaras Jankauskas
Goals: Smolov (41), Golovin (61), Glushakov (72)
Yellow cards: Slivka (29), Yusupov (49), Verbickas (69)