Russia to warm up for World Cup against Austria, Turkey

Both could present tricky opposition for Russia.

10 January 2018 | 13:33

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 10 January 2018 | 13:33

This photo shows Vitaly Mutko, Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister & Russia 2018 WCup Local Organising Committee Chairman, at an event in Moscow, Russia. Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo)

MOSCOW: World Cup host Russia will warm up for the tournament with friendlies against Austria and Turkey.

The Russian Football Union has said it has reached deals to play Austria away in Innsbruck on May 30, before hosting Turkey in Moscow on June 5. The Turkey game comes nine days before Russia kicks off the World Cup in Moscow with its opening Group A game against Saudi Arabia.

Both could present tricky opposition for Russia. Austria beat the Russians twice in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship, while a 2016 friendly between Turkey and Russia, played to celebrate warmer ties between the two countries' governments, finished 0-0.

The Russians have previously announced March friendlies against Brazil and France, both at home.

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