Let’s remind that the Russian national team got into group “H” of the qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar. According to the regulations, the winners of their groups (there are ten of them in total) will go to the final tournament, as well as four teams from the runners-up, which have yet to play in the joints. So the second place in the group is not a guarantee of getting into the tournament.
The Russian national team after two matches was in first place, having won victories over Malta (3: 1) and Slovenia (2: 1). The defeat from Slovakia in the third match lowered the team of Stanislav Cherchesov to the second line.
While the situation is not critical – all teams have seven matches ahead. Here is the calendar of the remaining games of the Russian national team: Croatia (at home 1.09), Cyprus (guests, 04.09), Malta (d, 07.09), Slovakia (d, 08.10), Slovenia (a, 11.10), Cyprus (d, 11.11), Croatia ( d, 14.11).
As you can see, matches against the vice-world champions of the Croatian national team in September and November this year can become key in the qualifying cycle for the Russian national team.