Russia go into their second game of Euro 2016 on Wednesday against Slovakia at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, France. The game will be crucial for Leonid Slutsky's side in order to keep the focus on the pitch amid several off-the-field incidents.
The Russia football team were slapped with a huge fine ahead of the match and also given a stern warning that they would be thrown out of the competition if there are any more instances of crowd violence involving the Russian supporters.
Slutsky's side not only have to be wary of that, but also about their opponents. In their first game of Euro 2016, Russia recorded a 1-1 draw with England. Their opponents for today, Slovakia, suffered a 2-1 loss to Group B leaders Wales.
While he knows the importance of making the team move to the next round of the competition, Slutsky also is hoping that the Russian fans would behave themselves, as their national team would face the consequences, if they don't. "There is not going to be any injustice," said the Russian coach to Associated Press. "We are sure (our fans) will not do the same, they will not give any reasons to disqualify our team.
"We have addressed our supporters and asked them to behave within the framework of rules. We need their support. They supported us very well during the England game."
Slovakia, meanwhile, have to record a favourable result in the match in order to stay on in the competition. With players like Martin Skrtel and Marek Hamsik in the team, the experience will be key for the Falcons in the match.
"Russia have a lot of edge, but we do have the experience and also a strategy of how to approach the game," Slovakia coach Jan Kozak said in the pre-match press conference. "Whether we can deploy those tactics well, depends on our opponent. It will be a difficult game but given that we lost our first one, it's very important for us to win it in order to progress in the competition."
Where to watch live
Euro 2016: Russia vs Slovakia is scheduled for a 3 p.m. local time (2 p.m., BST, 6:30 p.m. IST, 9 a.m. EST) start on June 15, 2016.
India: TV: Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD, Sony Six, Sony Six HD. Live stream: Sony Liv.
US: TV: ESPN 3 USA, ESPN Deportes TV. Live stream: Watch ESPN.
United Kingdom: TV: BBC One UK.
France: TV: beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports 2. Live stream: Bein Sports Connect France.
Russia: TV: Russia 1, Belarus 5. Live stream: NTV Sport Online.
Slovakia: TV: STV 2 Dvojka. Live stream: RTVS.
Australia: TV: Bein Sports and SBS One. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
Germany: TV: ZDF and ORF.
China and Hong Kong: TV: CCTV and LeTV.
Thailand: TV: Channel 3.
Singapore: TV: Eleven Singapore and Singtel. Live Streaming: Singtel Go.
Malaysia: TV: Astro.
Latin America: TV: DirecTV.
Middle East and North Africa: TV: Bein Sports Max. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.
South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa: TV: SuperSport 3. Live Streaming: SuperSport.