Lithuania Vs. Russia: A Day In The Park In Which Nothing Much Happened

If you were looking for excitement, you came to entirely the wrong place. Although the woodwork was rattled three times during Russia's visit to Lithuania, the match ended 0-0 with the play about as exciting as the scoreline suggests.

We did nearly get one of the all-time great own goals in the first half, when Lithuanian centre back Arunas Klimavicius pulled off a looping volley that goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus was forced to tip onto the bar. But aside from that and a neat volley from the edge of the box from Lithuania's Valdemar Borovskij that beat Russian keeper Igor Akinfeev but not his crossbar, there was precious little going on.

It was basically a day in the park for the two sides, who played on what looked looked like a training ground with no actual seats around it, and there was a fairly relaxed atmosphere. Both teams were content to play some football and not really press the issue too hard, and the game reflected that. I don't see how this was particularly helpful for Russia in terms of preparing for Euro 2012, but oh well.

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