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This isn't your Uncle Boris' Russian team

Updated: February 16, 2006, 7:06 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

TORINO, Italy -- That "pop, pop, pop" sound heard during Russia's surprising 5-3 loss to Slovakia on Wednesday night might at first been interpreted as the familiar sounds of a Russian team coming unhinged at the seams.

But less than 24 hours later, the sounds from the Russians' dominating 5-0 win over a solid Swedish squad was a definite, "Uh oh," as in the sound of the rest of the field recognizing that this is not your Uncle Boris' Russian national team.

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