Turkey's Okay Yokuslu, left, battles for the ball with Russia's Aleksey Miranchuk during a friendly soccer match between Russia and Turkey at the VEB Arena stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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The question facing Russian football fans ahead of the World Cup is whether the host nation's team can get any worse.Russia extended their winless streak Tuesday with a 1-1 home draw against Turkey. It meant Stanislav Cherchesov's side have failed to chalk up a single victory in eight months.Tuesday's draw meant he is Russia's first manager ever to fail to win in seven consecutive games.Cherchesov insists that gaining experience ahead of the World Cup, which Russia opens against Saudi Arabia in Moscow on June 14, was more important than the results. Cherchesov's ability to coach Russia to the 2018 World Cup was already put in question in March last year after his squad hit a new low with a 2-0 defeat to Ivory Coast, who failed to qualify for the tournament.Since then, Russia's team have shown little progress.
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