Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Russia Wins; Salenko Scores Record 5 Goals

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Russia Wins; Salenko Scores Record 5 Goals

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There have been 1,528 goals scored in the World Cup since the tournament began in 1930. But nobody, not even the great Pele, ever had a day like the one enjoyed by Oleg Salenko.

Salenko, a Russian striker who was a reserve player before the tournament, put on the greatest scoring display in World Cup history. He scored a record five goals Tuesday as Russia routed Cameroon 6-1 in Stanford, Calif., and retained a chance to advance to the second round.

"I think most important was the result of the game, and only then how many goals I scored," he said through a translator. "Of course, I'm happy I scored this amount of goals. It's kind of a day in my life, but it can be the day in the life of any soccer player. I don't really feel special. Maybe that will come later."

Dmitry Radchenko had Russia's other goal, in the 82nd minute, set up by a pass from Salenko.

Nine other players in World Cup history scored four goals in a game, the last being Emilio Butragueno of Spain in 1986.

Salenko, aided by a porous Cameroon defense that regularly allowed outnumbered attacks, scored three goals in the first half.

"I didn't even know what the old record was," Salenko said. "I only realized it when the public address announcer announced it on the loudspeaker."

Salenko, who plays for Valencia in the Spanish League, joined the team in November as an expected backup to Sergei Yuran. He also had a goal in Russia's second game of the tournament, a 3-1 loss to Sweden. His six goals makes him the tournament's top scorer.

The victory was a stunning turnaround for Russia, which shook off the effects of a player rebellion and dissatisfaction with its coach.

Roger Milla, 42, the hero of Cameroon's quarterfinal finish in 1990, became the oldest player to score in the World Cup. But it was hardly enough to save Cameroon from elimination.

Brazil 1, Sweden 1: At Pontiac, Mich., Romario scored a goal on a solo effort that kept Brazil atop Group B - and sent it into a second-round match with the United States.

Sweden finished second in the group and will play at Dallas on July 3 against an undetermined opponent. …

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