Russia vs. Slovenia Live (World Cup Playoffs)

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Russia takes on Slovenia tonight in the first leg of its World Cup playoffs.

The Sbornaya come into this match on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Germany, their first competitive loss in the motherland since France beat them in October 1999.

Slovenia possesses few star names in its squad but has at times impressed since losing all three games in its World Cup debut in 2002.

The Russians won seven of their 10 qualifying matches but finished behind the Germans in Group 4. However, they are 37 places above Slovenia in the current FIFA rankings and are favorites to progress.

The match kicks-off at 17:00 CET.

UPDATE: The Russians clinched a 2-1 home victory against Slovenia in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off clash.