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Russia slumps to 1-0 defeat in Austria for 3rd straight loss

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Austria’s players celebrate after scoring during the friendly soccer match between Austria and Russia in the Tivoli Stadium in Innsbruck, Austria, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)


INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) World Cup host Russia slumped to a 1-0 defeat in a friendly against Austria on Wednesday, extending its winless streak to six matches.

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Russia has lost all three games in 2018 after defeats to Brazil and France in March, and has not won a game since beating South Korea in October.

Austria winger Marko Arnautovic set up midfielder Alessandro Schoepf for the only goal in the 28th minute, giving coach Franco Foda his fourth win from four matches since taking over from Marcel Koller in November after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Russia plays Turkey in Moscow on Tuesday in its final warmup game before opening the World Cup against Saudi Arabia on June 14.