Russia has sacked manager Stanislav Cherchesov after it finished bottom of its group at the European Championship, the country’s governing Football Union (RFS) said on Thursday.

In the run-up to the tournament, Russian sports officials had said they wanted to reach the knockout stage, building on their success at the 2018 World Cup in Russia where they dazzled fans by reaching the quarter-finals for the first time.

But Russia’s tepid performance at Euro 2020, where it suffered two big defeats and had a narrow win despite playing mostly at home, sparked criticism from fans and pundits alike.

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It also prompted sports officials to say they would evaluate the team’s performance and make appropriate changes to coaching staff if needed.

Alexander Dyukov, president of the RFS, said in statement that it had decided to…

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