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TEAM NEWS: Malafeev gets the nod to start in goal as Russia kicks off Euro 2012 campaign against Czechs

TEAM NEWS: Malafeev gets the nod to start in goal as Russia kicks off Euro 2012 campaign against Czechs

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The Zenith man is preferred to Igor Akinfeev, who has been back for just six weeks after recovering from a serious cruciate ligament injury

Russia (4-3-3): Malafeev, Anyukov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Berezutski; Shirokov, Denisov, Zyranov; Dazgoev, Arshavin, Kerzhakov.

Substitutes: Akinfeev, Shunin, Sharonov, Granat, Nababkin, Izmailov, Kombarov, Kokorin.

Czech Republic (4-2-3-1): Cech, Gebre Selassie, Kadlec, Hubnik, Sivok; Rezek, Rosicky; Plasil, Pilar, Jiracek; Baros.

Substitutes: Lastuvka, Drobny, suchy, Limbersky, Rajtoral, Petrzela, Hubschman, Kolar.

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