lRussia’s 8-0 win over Cuba left a curious image after the game. The young Cuban soccer player Fabian Gloor wanted to take a rival jersey as a souvenir and that’s why he asked for it. The Russians’ surprise came when they asked Fabian to exchange it and he said he couldn’t because They only have one and they are responsible for it.
The situation caused a lot of surprise among the Russians who, even so, gave their shirt to Gloor, who left the stadium with the souvenir he intended and, of course, with his Cuban national team shirt.
The Russian team overwhelmed Cuba (8-0) this Monday in an unprecedented friendly in history played in the city of Volgograd. The locals scored three goals in the first 45 minutes through Obliakov, Golovin and Antón Miranchuk. The weak Caribbean team conceded another 5 goals in the second half, the work of Silianov, Sobolev, Prutsev, Krivtsov and Mostovói. The Russian Piniaev missed a penalty in the 85th minute, a shot that was stopped by the Cuban goalkeeper.
The match, which was attended by more 40,000 spectators, was played in the Volgograd arena, the stadium located on the banks of the Volga River, in the former Stalingrad, scene of one of the bloodiest battles in history. Is the biggest victory for the team led by Valeri Karpin since it was excluded from international competitions due to the war in Ukraine in February 2022. The Cuban coach, Yunielys Castillo, started with the following eleven: Arozarena; Pérez, Díaz, Sánchez, Calvo; Torres, Morrejón, Espino, Gloor, Paradela and Delgado. Russia had never faced the Cuban team before.
The only precedent is the match between the Soviet Union and the Cuban team at the 1980 Moscow Olympics (8-0). During the last two years the Russians have had to face teams such as Cameroon, Kenya, Uzbekistan, Iran and Iraq due to the refusal of top-level teams to face the reviled Slavic team.