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On Wednesday the Russian and Estonian national football teams will play a qualifier of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany
After five matches Russia ranks third in Group 3 with 10 points ceding 3 points to Slovakia and Portugal. If Georgy Yartsev's team beats Estonia it will get closer to the leaders, which are to play a match in Bratislava on March 30. One of the leading teams will inevitably lose points. The Estonian team played six matches and holds the fifth place with 7 points. Italian referee Gianluca Paparesta will judge the match. Russians and Estonians already played two games. The first one was a friendly match. It took place on March 27, 2002 in Tallinn. Estonians beat the Russian team 2-1. The second match, a World Cup qualifier, was held in Krasnodar on November 17, 2004. Russians beat Estonians 4-0. In spite of this victory, Estonia should not be considered a weak rival. The Russian football still leaves much to be desired. Some days ago Russians beat the team of Liechtenstein 2-1, however, it was a hard victory. Most Russian fans expected our footballers to play in a different manner. Moreover, at the end of the match the team of Liechtenstein had a chance to level the score but for the desperate shot of Russian goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeyev. The team of the small country could have made another sensation, similar to that created during the match with Portugal. At first Liechtenstein was losing 0-2, however, the footballers managed to level the score. About 750 Russian fans will arrive in Tallinn to support our team. According to spokesman for the Estonian Football Union Mihkel Uiboleht, all tickets to the match were sold last week. Estonian police chief Raivo Aeg reported that the police were ready to maintain peace and order during the qualifier. About 500 policemen will stay at the stadium, its surroundings and all over the city. Russian and Estonian fans will sit on the opposite stands. According to Aeg, the police took into account the events of the 2002 Russian-Estonian match when Russian fans rushed into the stand of Estonian fans and the police had to use force and detain 26 disturbers. Only one team winning the first place in its qualification group will participate in the world championship in Germany. Teams holding second places in their groups will compete for the right to play in the FIFA World Cup during playoffs.
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