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Russia suffer first loss under Bilyaletdinov

Published time: December 17, 2011 14:56
Edited time: December 18, 2011 14:02

Dick Axelsson of Sweden (L) scores past Russian keeper Konstantin Barulin (RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf)

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Russia’s hockey squad have been beaten by Sweden 4-2 at the home, suffering their first loss under new coach, Zinetula Bilyaletdinov.

­The Channel One Cup hosts came from two goals to make it 2-2 in their games against the Swedes.

But the Scandinavians restored their lead just 60 seconds later, with Dick Axelsson putting his name on the scoreboard.

And hard-hitting Swedish defender, Staffan Kronwall, set the final score of 4-2 by completing his hat-trick.  

Sergey Shirokov and Nikolay Zhredev were the Russian scorers on the night, with Aleksandr Radulov being on the assist on both occasions.

“We deserved this defeat,”
Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, Russia’s coach, told “The Swedes played very aggressively, constantly marking of our players, while we were making too many passing mistakes. We didn’t expect the game to turn out this way. We tried to shift our play. It’s a good lesson for us and we must draw some conclusions out of it."

“It’s my fault, I failed to prepare the team properly,” he added.  

Sweden collected their second win in two Channel One Cup games, with Russia remaining in second, with one victory against Finland in the opening game.

The Russians conclude the tournament with a clash against Czech Republic on Sunday.  

Bilyaletdinov was appointed as Russia’s hockey coach before the start of the hockey season, with his main aim being victory at the home Olympics in Sochi 2014.