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Russia enjoy no-nonsense win against Lithuania

EHF / Adrian Costeiu
Russia enjoyed their clearest win in Liudmila Bodnieva’s early reign, a 14-goal drubbing of Lithuania, 35:21, which brings them closer to sealing an EHF EURO 2022 berth.
Lithuania vs Russia 21:35 (10:17)
  • Lithuania enjoyed a 3:2 lead, only for Russia to launch a 7:0 unanswered run to clinch the lead and never look back
  • Russian back Elena Mikhaylichenko was their top scorer, with six goals, helping her team to the top of the standings
  • the Lithuanian side has only one win in their last ten matches, against Greece in March, and are bottom of the group having also lost to Poland
  • Russia have won two out of two against Lithuania in historical matches
Russia build new side
The new-look Russian side, which is missing stars like backs Anna Vyakhireva and Daria Dmitrieva, is trying to build form before the next tournaments. 
Coach Liudmila Bodnieva has a major rebuild under her watch, but in young star Elena Mikhaylichenko, she has a superb building block, as CSKA’s back scored six times in this game.

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