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Russia fans gather in Moscow
Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by SNTV


Muscovite's gathered to watch Russia and Poland draw 1-1 in Euro 2012 on Tuesday.


Far from the trouble of Warsaw, about 2,000 football fans gathered in Moscow's Central Park to watch Russia take on co-hosts Poland in Group A of Euro 2012 on Tuesday.

There had been clashes between Poland and Russia fans in the host city, but the atmosphere was far more festive in Central Park.

The Russian government decided to open one of the three official fan zones for the match, and those who turned up weren't too disappointed by the 1-1 result.

SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Sergei Novikov, football fan:
"Cool. It is really cool. We are very good. Anyway we are the best. We will beat the Greeks in the next game. Supporting the national team This is how we support them. Russia! Russia!"

And that's just the start for Russia fans as some already have their eye on the end prize.

SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Oleg Anisimov, Russian Economist and football fan:
"We have to be in the final. I think that we have to. It's not enough to be in the group only, as we usually do. In the Euros in the past, we had already exited the group, but during the World Cup we never left the group. This time we will be in final."

Russia's final group game is against Greece on Saturday.

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia