Russian Federation draw with Turkey in final game ahead of World Cup

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Turkey, which did not qualify for the World Cup Finals, almost won it in the 79th minute when Malli's shot floated just over the crossbar.

The countries qualify by first competing in a series of games over a three year period, culminating in the World Cup Finals, where 32 teams compete for the chance to compete in the final phase: the World Cup.

Saudi Arabia, who are making their first World Cup appearance since 2006, also face Egypt and Uruguay in Group A.

The goal was not enough, however, to give Russian Federation a much-needed and morale-boosting win heading into their opening World Cup match against Saudi Arabia on June 14.

More than one billion fans worldwide watched the 2014 FIFA World Cup final from start to finish.

Anton Gusev, the interior ministry's point man for the World Cup, said all of Russia's various police and security forces have been mobilised to ensure safety.

Turkey hasn't qualified for the World Cup since 2002.

"The draw seems to be the most fair result though we could have scored more goals today", Russia's manager Stanislav Cherchesov said.

Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar were the top three players in the United States and the UK, while Neymar, Ronaldo and Paulinho were most popular in Brazil, and Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Ronaldo were most popular in France.

They then travel to Kazan for a June 20 clash against former World Cup winners Spain, before concluding their group stage matches against Portugal on June 25.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has sold almost 2 million tickets for the upcoming World Cup, with the global market outside of Russia accounting for a little more than half of the customers, according to its most recent reported figures.

Russian Federation have had a disappointing start to the game with Turkey clearly dominating and in the eighth minute got an opportunity to open the scoring but Cglar Soyuncu's header went wide.

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