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Minus creative midfielder Roman Shirokov due to injury, Russia are unlikely to play an expansive, attack-minded game against South Korea in their World Cup Group H opener Tuesday, focusing instead on rigid discipline.Russia, who since the breakup of the Soviet Union have failed to progress to the knockout rounds of the World Cup, are in fine fettle after an impressive 2014 qualifying campaign in which they pipped Portugal to top their group.Winners of four of their last five games, conceding just two goals, the Russians are making their first appearance at the World Cup since 2002 when the finals were co-hosted by South Korea and Japan.With powerful Belgium expected to top the group and Algeria being tipped to finish bottom, Russia and South Korea realize getting all three points Tuesday will give them one foot in the knockout stages.In the only previous meeting between them, Russia beat the Koreans 2-1 in a friendly in Dubai last November shortly before the draw for the World Cup finals was made.
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