MOSCOW, June 10 (R-Sport) - Russia's under-21 football team were eliminated from the European championships on Sunday as results elsewhere conspired against them.
A 5-1 hammering by the Netherlands earlier Sunday put Nikolai Pisarev's side on the brink of a group stage exit, with only a German victory over Spain later in the day able to save the Russians.
But a 1-0 victory for Spain leaves Russia six points adrift at the bottom of Group B with one game to play. The now-meaningless fixture is against the Germans on Wednesday.
Russia are playing in the final stage of the tournament for the first time since 1998, when they lost to Spain in the quarterfinals.