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Russia Field 19-Year-Old Who Is Yet To Play Professional League Match For His Club And He Scores Crucial Goal

Russia Field 19-Year-Old Who Is Yet To Play Professional League Match For His Club And He Scores Crucial Goal

Russia beat Belarus this afternoon, with Fabio Capello’s side triumphing 4-2 in a friendly in Moscow.
But the struggling former England manager was forced to rely on two 19-year-olds – one of whom has never started a professional league match for his club.

Aleksandr Golovin of CSKA Moscow – who is yet to make his full top-flight debut for his club – climbed from the bench in the second half to help turn around a potentially embarrassing 1-2 deficit.

The central midfielder, along with fellow 19-year-old Alexei Miranchuk both netted, along with veteran forward Alexander Kerzhakov to seal the win.

The decision to field Golovin – who doesn’t even have an official squad number at CSKA – was criticised in many quarters of the Russian media, but the move paid off for the under-fire manager and handed the Italian a timely boost.

The Russians now face a must-win home tie against Group G leaders Austria one week from now, with anything but a win leaving qualification for next summer’s tournament looking bleak.

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