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Both coaches feeling confident ahead of final Group A game

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Dick Advocaat: Russia coach confident of getting a win against Greece in Group A

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Dick Advocaat is confident Russia can win their final Group A encounter against Greece, whose coach Fernando Santos retains full faith in his players.
Russia are favourites to claim top spot in the group after following up an opening game thrashing of the Czech Republic by drawing 1-1 with co-hosts Poland on Tuesday.
Greece also drew 1-1 with Poland before losing 2-1 to the Czechs to leave the 2004 champions needing a win to have any chance of reaching the knockout phase.
Russia coach Advocaat said: "Whenever you go and play a game, you have to win and you have to want to win.
"We are very confident in ourselves. I'm sure the Greece coach will say the same thing."
A draw would be enough for Russia to qualify for the quarter-finals, while even a narrow defeat could be sufficient depending on the outcome of the Czech Republic-Poland game.


But top scorer Alan Dzagoev said: "I'm really sure that we will go through and we are very focused. We must go on the pitch and win the game.
"We don't feel relaxed. We simply must win."
Dzagoev has also urged Russia fans not to bring further shame on the country after violent, offensive and unsafe behaviour of supporters has already landed the Football Union of Russia a huge fine and a suspended six-point deduction for their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
He said: "Maybe they should be more calm. We don't need to lose six points in the next qualification so we don't want anything bad for our national team."
Meanwhile, Advocaat confirmed forward Aleksandr Kokorin would miss the rest of Euro 2012 after suffering a torn hamstring in training in Sulejowek on Friday.
Konstantin Zyryanov also missed the training session through sickness and was a doubt for the game.
Regarding Greece's task, Santos said: "My faith in my team is total. It's the same faith I had back in the autumn after our (qualifying) draw in Latvia.
"Back then, it was tense and we needed a victory against Croatia to have any chance of qualifying.
"I believed in that team, I said so, and afterwards I was vindicated. I am saying the same now."
Santos urged his players to forget Tuesday's Czech Republic defeat, saying: "We must leave it all behind us.
"We must take all our passion on to the pitch and I am sure we will make the Greek fans happy."
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