Russia secure 2-0 Nations League win over Turkey

Roman Neustädter scored one of Russia’s goals against Turkey. (AFP pic)

SOCHI: Goals scored either side of halftime by Roman Neustädter and Denis Cheryshev handed Russia a 2-0 win against Turkey in their UEFA Nations League B, Group 2 match on Sunday.

A powerful drive by Russian defender Georgi Dzhikiya following a corner hit the post before finding Neustädter, who tapped the ball behind Turkish goalkeeper Sinan Bolat to open scoring in the 20th minute.

Russia doubled their lead in the 78th minute when substitute Cheryshev latched on to Aleksandr Golovin’s cross and fired home with a left-footed shot just inside the near post.

Russia, surprise quarterfinalists at this year’s World Cup, lead Group 2 with seven points. They will travel to Sweden, who are bottom of the standings with one point but with a game in hand, to be played on November 20. Turkey have three points.