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Guus Hiddink said Russia's 4-1 loss to his compatriots in Wednesday's friendly was a good lesson for the team
Guus Hiddink, the Dutch head coach of Russia's national soccer team, said Russia's 4-1 loss to his compatriots in Wednesday's friendly was a good lesson for the team. With a scoreless first half during the Russia-Holland friendly match in Amsterdam, the Dutch team staged a perfect offensive game in the next half, scoring four goals in the last 22 minutes and allowing only one Russian goal in response. Hiddink, 60, said the experience would benefit the team, which only began practicing three weeks ago. He said he was glad his team has had a chance to play against a powerful opponent. Hiddink, who signed a two-year contract with Russia worth 4 million euros last year, has been embroiled in a tax scandal in his home country, with Dutch prosecutors demanding a 10-month prison sentence for non-payment of taxes. Russia's national team failed to qualify last year for the World Cup in Germany, and Russian fans are hopeful that Hiddink, who previously guided the South Korean and Australian teams to unprecedented successes, will take the team to the Euro-2008 finals. The first official match for the Russian team this year is scheduled for March 24, which will be a 2008 Euro qualifier against Estonia. The game will be a second qualifying meeting between Russia and Estonia, holding second and sixth places correspondingly in Group E, as the first encounter last year ended in favor of Russia 2-0.
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